A man shot by an Oregon State Police trooper during a pursuit north of Madras Friday is in critical condition at St. Charles Bend, according to an OSP news release.
Police are not yet identifying the man pending notification of his family, but said he is 56 years old, was armed at the time of the shooting and was wanted on an out-of-state warrant.
A little less than three hours prior to the shooting, Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies had been sent to a home on Fern Lane where the resident had spotted a man inside his home and called to report a burglary. The man was gone by the time deputies arrived, but with the help of a vehicle description provided by the resident, OSP troopers spotted the suspect vehicle and began a pursuit.
The trooper ended the pursuit after about five minutes and lost sight of the vehicle, but the vehicle was later spotted abandoned a few miles north off Dogwood Lane.
Officers from various law enforcement agencies began a search for the man. Just after 5 p.m., trooper Mike Turner located and confronted the man, and shot him at least one time. The man was treated at the scene, then taken to St. Charles Bend by helicopter.
Turner, 35, was not injured and has been placed on paid leave pending an investigation of the shooting. He has been with OSP since 1999 and is assigned in the patrol services division of the Bend office.
The Tri-County Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting. An OSP spokesman said it is unlikely any additional information will be released regarding the incident unless approved by the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.
— From staff reports