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FBI seeks Oregon fugitive 8 years after attempted murder of police officer

The agency is highlighting the search for David Durham during national Police Week as officers killed and injured in the line of duty are honored.

Posted: May 16, 2019 4:23 PM
Updated: May 16, 2019 4:24 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. — More than eight years after the attempted murder of a police officer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is calling attention once more to the search for suspect David Durham as national Police Week honors officer killed and injured in the line of duty.

Around 11 p.m. on the night of January 23, 2011, a Lincoln City Police officer stopped the driver of an SUV for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, the driver — later identified as David Anthony Durham — shot the officer multiple times, leaving him critically wounded.

According to the FBI, Durham then attempted to flee. When officers tried to chase him, Durham exchanged gunfire with them. Finally, Durham abandoned his vehicle in Waldport, Oregon and disappeared. The FBI said that there have been no confirmed sightings since that night.

"This was a well-known, outstanding, veteran police officer who was ambushed during a traffic stop,” said Lincoln City Police Chief Jerry Palmer of the injured officer. “He will never be the same.” Palmer stressed that it remains a priority of the department to find Durham.

By January 27, local authorities had issued a warrant for Durham's arrest in Lincoln County, charging him with dozens of counts, including four counts of attempted aggravated murder. The FBI took out a federal arrest warrant on January 29, making Durham a federal fugitive. The agency has been trying to assist Lincoln City with tracking Durham down ever since.

"Durham is known to possess survival skills. He was wearing full green camouflage at the time of his disappearance, as well as tan or dark boots, and a dark-colored beret," the FBI said. "In the past, he has expressed a desire to travel or is believed to have traveled to California, the Caribbean, and Thailand."

Durham is described as being a white man, between 160 and 185 lbs, about 6'3" with blue eyes and long blondish brown hair. He was born in Oregon during 1967 and would be 52 years old today. 

The FBI is still offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to Durham's arrest. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, by submitting a tip online at https://tips.fbi.gov or calling the nearest FBI office.

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