Police shoot suspect just outside Salem, no officers injured

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A Salem police officer shot a man Thursday afternoon in the 5500 block of State Street just outside Salem.

The shooting was reported around 3:30 p.m.

"We had one officer shoot at and hit a suspect. The suspect was taken to the hospital. We don’t have an update on his condition," said Lt. Dave Okada of the Salem Police Department.

No officers were injured.

Police shut down State Street from the 5300 block to the 5700 block as they reconstructed the incident and carried out an investigation.

According to Salem police, at about 3:25 p.m. police tried to pull over 40-year-old Zackary Miles Pevey near the intersection of Silverton Road NE and Hawthorne Street NE. Police said Pevey had a warrant. Police said Pevey fled from them in a 2003 Ford one-ton pickup and struck a police car. Officers chased him but stopped for safety reasons.

Other officers found the suspect driving southbound on Cordon Road NE and tried to contact him in a residential driveway. Police said Pevey refused to comply with officer's commands and put his pickup into reverse and backed in the direction of Officer Jesse Rios, hitting his police car. Rios opened fire with his handgun, striking Pevey.

Rios will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure during a shooting involving an officer.

Neighbors were stunned to hear of the shooting in a quiet corner of Salem where this sort of thing doesn't happen very often.

"No, not at all, not even a little bit. I don’t even think I’ve seen one cop down this road since I’ve lived here," said Codie Dickson who lives nearby.

Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office will be investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure in these types of cases for Salem police.

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