Officer-Involved Shooting Began with Traffic Stop, Narcotics Search

The lockout was lifted after Klamath County authorities apprehended a shooting suspect from an incident in the Modoc Point area this morning.

Posted: Oct 5, 2018 8:18 AM
Updated: Oct 5, 2018 5:24 PM


UPDATE: All three lanes of Highway 97 are now open again at Modoc Point (milepost 258), with law enforcement wrapping up their investigation at the roadway.

(10/5/18 5:20 p.m.)

UPDATE: An officer-involved shooting on Friday morning began with a traffic stop and search for narcotics, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO).

Investigators believe that the incident started just before 8 a.m. when Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers pulled over a vehicle on Hwy 97 near Modoc Point (milepost 258). A narcotics K-9 "alerted" on the car, and a trooper asked the man and woman in the vehicle to get out of the car so they could investigate.

The man, later identified as 48-year-old Phillip Samuel Moskios Jr., reportedly assaulted one of the troopers and fled on foot. KCSO said that during the foot chase, Moskios was "contacted" by officers from the Klamath Falls Police Department (KFPD) and an agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Then, KCSO said, "shots were fired" and Moskios was fatally wounded.

The vehicle's other occupant, 26-year-old Amanda Tammy Lynn Yost, had also fled the area on foot. Multiple law enforcement agencies, a K-9 unit and air units all joined in the search for her while area schools and government offices were placed on lock-out.

Yost was later located hiding in a nearby building and was taken into custody for Criminal Trespass First Degree and Burglary Second Degree.

KCSO said that law enforcement is not looking for anyone else involved in the incident.

"Details of the incident remain under investigation by the Klamath County Major Crime Team. Involved officers will not be identified pending the outcome of the investigation," said KCSO.

(Updated 10/5/18 at 4:35 p..m.)

UPDATE:  As of 1 p.m., the “lockout” has been lifted for Chiloquin Elementary School and Chiloquin Junior-Senior High School, according to Klamath County Schools.

The lockout was lifted after Klamath County authorities apprehended a shooting suspect from an incident in the Modoc Point area this morning. A lockout is a precautionary procedure in which all exterior building doors and access points are locked.

Highway 97, which was closed this morning between Modoc Point and Chiloquin, is still closed in both directions due to police activity in the area. ODOT says it expects the closure to be lifted around 6 p.m.

(Updated 10/5/18 at 1:45 p.m.)

UPDATE: Authorities have released more details regarding an officer-involved shooting that happened on Friday morning. One suspect is now confirmed to be dead.

The shooting occurred just before 8 a.m. in the Modoc Point area just off of Highway 97.

"No officers were seriously injured and one male subject is deceased," said the Klamath County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) in a statement.

Officers remain on the scene, searching for a woman who ran from the incident — described as a "white female adult in gray sweatpants."

Both Chiloquin Elementary and Chiloquin Junior-Senior High School are on a "lock-out" at this time, according to school officials. A lock-out means that the school building doors are locked as a precautionary measure.

School officials have confirmed that this is related to the search for the suspect in a shooting incident near Modoc Point.

KCSO says that the Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated and the situation is ongoing.

(Updated 10/5/18 at 10:29 a.m.)

UPDATE: Police are conducting a foot search on both sides of US97 near the Jeld-Wen Windows & Door plant for a female suspect.

(Updated 10/5/18 at 9:13 a.m.)

UPDATE: Police confirm a 48-year-old male en route to Skylakes Hospital has been shot. A female suspect ran into the woods. An active search is underway with air support aiding ground teams.

UPDATE: US 97 is closed in both directions. No estimate for when the highway will re-open.

INITIAL REPORT: Oregon State Police (OSP) have confirmed that an officer-involved shooting has taken place near the Kla-Mo-Ya Casino and Highway 97. Police are reporting the suspect is down but have not confirmed any injuries at this time. This is a developing story.

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