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Fatal Officer Involved Shooting in Umatilla County Under Investigation

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UPDATE/NEAR ATHENA, OR - According to Umatilla County District Attorney Daniel Primus, in June of 2008 Sgt. Palmer was involved in a previous shooting in La Grande that killed the suspect in that case.

In September of 2011 when he was still a police officer in Pendleton, Oregon he did shoot and injure another suspect. In both cases they were ruled justified shootings.

It is important to note that when any officer is involved in a shooting they are put on leave while the investigation is performed. That is currently the case for Palmer as multiple law enforcement agencies begin the investigation.


NEAR ATHENA, OR - Law enforcement in Umatilla County is investigating an officer-involved shooting just outside of Athena Monday morning.

The Umatilla County District Attorney sent out a press release minutes ago with the details of the shooting and the events leading up to the shooting. The DA says on Saturday, a Milton-Freewater Police Department officer tried to talk to 55-year-old Tere David King of Athena about unspecified misconduct.. However, King took off and led law enforcement on a high speed chase.

Law enforcement involved in the chase were the Athena Police Department, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, College Place Police, Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police.

King got away and law enforcement issued a warrant for his arrest and spent the weekend trying to find him. King was considered armed and dangerous. 

On Monday, around 7:20AM, Athena Police Officer Sgt. Erik Palmer found King and his vehicle on Pamburn Road, south of Highway 11. While Sgt. Palmer tried to wait for more officers to arrive before contacting King, King drove his vehicle at Sgt. Palmer. Sgt. Palmer shot at the tires on King's vehicle and King then got out of his vehicle with a firearm. Sgt. Palmer immediately shot King once, which killed King.

Sgt. Palmer has been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation.