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'His ballistic vest saved his life': Trooper 'received minor injuries' in shooting

Senior Trooper Gerald Ellis is a 8-year veteran of the state police assigned to the Patrol Division of the Springfield Area Command. (OSP)

EUGENE, ore. - The Oregon State Police trooper shot and injured during a confrontation with a suspect in a stolen car Tuesday has been identified.

Senior Trooper Gerald Ellis is a 8-year veteran of the state police assigned to the Patrol Division of the Springfield Area Command.

Ellis tried to stop a 2013 Toyota Camry that had been reported stolen, according to court documents.

The trooper caught up with the car near Highway 99 and England Road, south of Creswell.

Details about what happened next will likely become available when the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team completes its investigation.

"After a brief encounter with the suspect at the stolen vehicle, our trooper was shot," Lt. Steve Mitchell said Tuesday afternoon. "Our trooper did return fire."

Ellis was taken to the hospital.

"We believe at this time his ballistic vest saved his life as he only received minor injuries," Oregon State Police said in a statement Wednesday.

After the shooting, law enforcement officers swarmed the area and took 30-year-old Edward Paul Dungan into custody.

The district attorney filed Aggravated Attempted Murder and other charges against Dungan on Wednesday.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office is the lead investigator on the shooting.

The county Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team will review what happened and forward its findings to the district attorney. Under Oregon law, such reviews are required to determine whether an officer was justified in using deadly force.

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