Highway 101 near 6138 N. Coast Highway (north of Agate Beach) is closed due to police activity in the area. It is unclear how long this closure will last.
The activity appears to be occurring at the Agate Beach R/V Park. Latest estimate of possible duration of investigation is 4 to 5 hours.
Please be alert to law enforcement and medical response vehicles in the area.
News Lincoln County has received reports that Newport Police were in the area on a complaint call when they learned that a person had an arrest warrant out of Multnomah County (Portland) for indecent exposure. When confronted, reports say the “person” grew angry, grabbed a large hammer and began swinging it. The officers told him to put it down – he didn’t and kept swinging – officers tazed him with no effect – so they switched to guns. Waiting for official police release.
OSP and multiple law enforcement agencies are on scene of an officer involved shooting in Newport. Highway 101 is closed in both directions.
The Newport PD Officer was uninjured but the suspect was shot and is being treated at a local hospital.
This is an initial release and more information to follow.
A Portland radio station is quoting OSP public information officer Lt. Bill Fugate that the hammer wielding suspect was shot but has not died. He’s being flown to a trauma center in Corvallis. The officer was not injured.