Oregon State Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting
THE DALLES, Ore. - It went from traffic stop to shoot out in a matter of minutes.
Oregon State Police say a male driver who was pulled over on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles shot and wounded a state trooper. The troopers returned fire immediately.
The motorist drove off but was found nearby, slumped over his steering wheel. He died at the scene.
No names were released after the Thursday afternoon gun fight.
The Oregon State Police trooper was treated at Mid-Columbia Medical Center for a gunshot wound to his side. He was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night.
Lt. Gregg Hastings says three juveniles in the car with the suspect were not injured and were taken to The Dalles for interviews.
The spokesman says the trooper had gotten out of his car after stopping the man for a traffic violation when the driver got out of his vehicle and shot at the trooper, who fired back.
A section of I-84 was closed for several hours.
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.