'Our trooper was shot. Our trooper did return fire'
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CRESWELL, Ore. - An Oregon State Police trooper shot while investigating a possible stolen car Tuesday is expected to survive, and police have a person of interest in the case in custody.
Lt. Steve Mitchell said the shooting happened around 1:20 p.m. as a Springfield Area Command trooper attempted to contact a person in stolen vehicle on Highway 99 near England Road.
"After a brief encounter with the suspect at the stolen vehicle, our trooper was shot," Mitchell said. "Our trooper did return fire. We do not believe that the suspect was hit. Our trooper sustained non-life threatening injuries."
The suspect vehicle was found about a mile and a half south of the scene of the shooting.
"There is a person of interest that is in custody," Mitchell said. "According to the sheriff's office there is no further threat to public safety, to the community."
The Lane County Sheriff's Office will be the lead investigator on the shooting. And under Oregon law, an interagency team will investigate the trooper's use of potentially deadly force and forward its findings to the district attorney for review.
Deadly Force Investigations
Investigations into the use of deadly force by law enforcement in Oregon are governed under Senate Bill 111, passed by the 2007 Oregon Legislature.
Lane County adopted guidelines under the law in 2008.
After a law enforcement officer uses deadly force, the county's Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team must follow the state-approved protocols.
At a minimum that includes:
- Conducting eyewitness interviews
- Collecting evidence
- Documenting the scene
- Performing background interviews with the officers involved.