The Lane County Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team (IDFIT) is investigating a fatal shooting involving members of the Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT team during an incident along the Oregon Coast south of Yachats in northwest Lane County. The investigation is being led by the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Lane County District Attorney’s Office, and investigators assigned to IDFIT.
Preliminary information authorized for release by the Lane County District Attorney’s Office indicates on May 31, 2012 at approximately 11:59 p.m. the OSP SWAT team was assisting the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office as part of an ongoing investigation into a mid-May violent assault in Yachats. OSP SWAT troopers were conducting surveillance on a remote residence along Tenmile Creek Road about 7 miles east of Highway 101 when troopers encountered a male armed with a rifle outside the residence.
Three OSP SWAT team members fired at least one round each, fatally injuring the male. The OSP troopers were not injured.
After the shooting, an adult male and adult female inside the residence surrendered several hours later to officers and were transported from the scene. The adult male was subsequently taken into custody by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office related to their investigation and is being transported to their jail. Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office will release information regarding their investigation at a later time.
Per protocol in Lane County under Senate Bill 111, IDFIT is activated to conduct investigations into deadly force incidents. IDFIT is comprised of members from the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Eugene Police Department, Springfield Police Department, Florence Police Department, Cottage Grove Police Department, Oregon State Police, and Lane County District Attorney’s Office.
The three OSP troopers will be placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure in officer-involved shootings, while the investigation is completed.
The names of the deceased male, the two other people detained from the residence, and the involved troopers are not being released at this time.