Information from Oregon State Police
The investigation into Thursday afternoon’s Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper-involved shooting during a traffic stop along Interstate 84 east of Biggs Junction in Sherman County is continuing. The incident resulted in the trooper being wounded and the death of a male. No names are released at this time.
On August 29, 2013 at approximately 12:52 p.m., an OSP trooper working overtime traffic enforcement stopped a passenger car displaying Oregon license plates eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 106 for a traffic violation. As the trooper exited the patrol car, the male driver of the vehicle got out and shot at the trooper who returned fire. About one minute after the stop, the trooper radioed to dispatch that he was shot and the vehicle drove away eastbound.
Back up officers from multiple law enforcement agencies from Oregon and Washington responded to the scene. OSP troopers who headed eastbound to locate the involved vehicle saw it stopped on the right eastbound shoulder about a half mile from the traffic stop scene.
When officers were able to safely check the vehicle they found the male driver slumped over the steering wheel. They pulled him out of the vehicle onto the roadway and attempted to revive him. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Three juvenile-age occupants in the vehicle were not injured. They were transported to The Dalles for interviews with investigators.
The injured trooper was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to his side. The trooper, age 26, has worked for OSP for 5 years and is assigned at The Dalles Area Command office. He is expected to be released from the hospital tonight.
Pursuant to Senate Bill 111 – Use of Deadly Force investigations – a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Sherman County District Attorney is ongoing. OSP Criminal Investigations Division and the Forensic Services Division are assisting. The names or other information of the persons involved in this incident are not being released at this time unless approved by the District Attorney.
Responding agencies to this incident included OSP, Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Klickitat County, Washington Sheriff’s Office, Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, Hood River County Sheriff’s Office, The Dalles Police Department, Hood River Police Department, Hermiston Police Department, Sherman County District Attorney’s Office and Oregon Department of Transportation.
Both east and westbound lanes were closed for several hours resulting extensive delays. The westbound lanes were open about 6:20 p.m. and one eastbound lane is now open.