SALEM, Ore. — A man is in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Salem. Police said Salem Police Officers were attempting to stop a vehicle at an intersection around 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Police said a known wanted suspect, 29-year old Salem resident Gabriel D Diaz, was inside the vehicle. Diaz has been listed on the Salem Police Top Ten Most Wanted list since February of 2012.
The suspect failed to stop the 2000 Ford pickup he was driving and led officers on a pursuit that lasted approximately 14 minutes and covered over 13 miles. Authorities state the Salem Police Department, Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Keizer Police Department were all involved in the pursuit that went northbound on Cordon Rd, into Brooks and back down to Keizer.
During the chase, the suspect was able to avoid spike strips that were placed in the roadway at least once during the pursuit; police were finally able to use their vehicles to block the suspect’s pickup. Civilian witnesses on the scene told investigators that when the suspect exited his vehicle he had an object in his hand and was challenged by officers.
When he failed to comply with the officers’ commands, Salem Police Officer Bruce Fineran fired his weapon, striking the suspect. The suspect was transported to Salem Hospital, and at this time there are no updates on his medical condition. No officers were injured during the incident.
The Salem Police Department said Officer Fineran, a 21-year veteran with the Salem Police Department, and other officers who were directly involved in the incident, will be placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure while the incident is being investigated. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.