NEAR THE DALLES, Ore. — Parts of Interstate 84 were re-opened Thursday evening, after an officer was wounded during a traffic stop east of The Dalles.
OSP reported that a trooper stopped a passenger car displaying Oregon license plates eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 106 for a traffic violation. As the trooper exited the patrol car, the male driver of the vehicle got out and shot at the trooper who returned fire. The trooper radioed to dispatch that he was shot and the vehicle drove away eastbound.
Back up officers from multiple law enforcement agencies from Oregon and Washington responded to the scene. OSP troopers located the vehicle after they saw it stopped on the right eastbound shoulder about a half mile from the traffic stop scene. When officers were able to safely check the vehicle, they found the male driver slumped over the steering wheel.
“They pulled him out of the vehicle, attempted to revive him, unable to do so and he was pronounced deceased here at the scene. The other three occupants of the vehicle had been removed. They were not injured. They were taken to the Dalles area where they are being interviewed by investigators,” said Lt. Hastings.
Oregon State Police said a multi-agency investigation coordinated by the Sherman County District Attorney is ongoing. The names or other information of the persons involved in this incident are not being released at this time unless approved by the District Attorney.
The injured trooper was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to his side. OSP says the 26-year-old trooper has worked for OSP for 5 years and is assigned at The Dalles Area Command office. He is expected to be released from the hospital by Thursday night.