CELILO Sherman County District Attorney Wade McLeod is coordinating a multi-agency investigation at the scene of a shooting that wounded an Oregon State Trooper and killed his apparent assailant along Interstate 84 near Rufus earlier today, Aug. 29.
The trooper sustained a minor wound to his side and was transported to Mid-Columbia Medical Center, where he is recovering, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, state police spokesman. Under provisions of Oregon Senate Bill 111, which governs officer-involved shootings, the name of the trooper has not been released.
Freeway traffic through the area is blocked at Biggs Junction and at Rufus. Eastbound traffic is asked to divert to Washington Highway 14 at The Dalles. Westbound traffic is being rerouted to Highway 30 at Rufus.
"The incident occurred around 12:52 p.m.," said Hastings. "A trooper based in The Dalles office was working overtime enforcement on I-84 eastbound east of Biggs."
The trooper stopped a passenger car at Milepost 106 for an unidentified traffic violation.
"Within a minute, the trooper radioed that shots had been fired and he was injured," Hastings said.
The car was occupied by a male driver and three other occupants, apparently of juvenile age, he said.
"The male got out the driver's side, fired at least one round and the trooper returned fire with his handgun," Hastings said.
The vehicle reportedly left the scene eastbound.
Troopers arriving in the area to assist found the vehicle stopped on the right shoulder half a mile east of the original scene. The driver appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel and the three other occupants were still in the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Multiple law enforcement agencies from Oregon and Washington assisted at the scene, Hastings said.
Personnel are working to get the freeway lanes open as quickly as they can, but are awaiting removal of the body from the scene, Hastings said. Westbound lanes should be open more quickly than eastbound, which will be closed longer to allow the investigation of two crime scenes.
McLeod could not be reached for comment.