A man shot to death Oct. 16 in Wishram by a The Dalles police officer has been identified by the Klickitat County prosecutor as Adrian Suarez, 22, a suspect in the rape of a minor.
Suarez’ address is unknown, said The Dalles Police Chief Jay Waterbury, but investigation by The Dalles Police Department and Oregon State Police were able to determine that Suarez was residing in the Wishram area.
The officer involved in the shooting was Detective Jamie Carrico, 42, a 17-year veteran of The Dalles police force, Waterbury said. Carrico had not been involved in any previous shootings. He was part of a multi-jurisdictional team who went to Wishram to question Suarz.
In conjunction with Klickitat County sheriff’s deputies, the Oregon investigators went to a residence in the 200 block of East Main Street in Wishram to question Suarez. Identifying themselves as law enforcement officers, they told the subject to come to the door. As he approached the door, police observed that he was carrying a gun.
The subject fled on foot out the back door of the residence and led The Dalles officers on a foot pursuit. About a block away, the subject was reported to have shot and wounded a The Dalles officer.
The officer, reported to be a 17-year veteran of the force, returned fire, striking Suarez, reports indicated. Suarez was declared dead at the scene.
The plain-clothes officer was released from Mid-Columbia Medical Center around noon Thursday.
Plain clothes officers are not required to wear bulletproof vests under department policy, Waterbury noted, adding that the policy may be a topic of discussion in the future.
Both The Dalles and Klickitat County law enforcement agencies are continuing their investigation of the alleged rape and shooting.
Anyone with information on the rape is asked to call The Dalles Police Department at 541-296-2233.
Anyone with information on the Wishram shooting is asked to call The Dalles Police Department at 509-773-4545.
The Associated Press contributed to this report