Dashcam shows 5 deputies save man shot in head

Clackamas County

Officials say the 5 Clackamas County deputies 'risked their lives'

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Five deputies who pulled a man to safety after he was shot in the head in Welches have been honored for their acts of heroism.

Officials say Clackamas County Sheriff deputies Dan Olson, Gabe Adel, Tyler Alexander, Rayce Belmont and Josh Brown risked their lives to save the man on Nov. 20, 2018.

That fateful night started with a report of a suspicious person on East Welches Road.

Deputy Alexander was first on the scene just as the situation devolved into a shooting. As he arrived, he heard the sound of multiple gunshots and glass breaking and saw rounds hit the pavement in front of the house.

A still image from dashcam video taken by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies shows a broken window at the location of a shooting from Nov. 30, 2018. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

He made a call to request backup. As Alexander approached the house, he found a man curled up in the front yard, moaning in pain.

That man, who was lying in direct view of a broken window, had been shot in the head.

Watch: Full dashcam video from Nov. 30, 2018 shooting in Welches

Help arrived in the form of deputies Adel, Brown, Olson and Belmont. After splitting into pairs and working their way closer to the house, Olson called to the victim to crawl out of the front yard but the man didn’t respond.

So the deputies quickly came up with a rescue plan.

As Alexander covered the broken window with his rifle, Adel pulled his car into the front yard — while Olson, Brown and Belmont used the passenger side as cover to reach the victim.

Adel got out of his car, exposing himself to potential harm — all the while pointing his gun at the broken window. Brown also held cover with his rifle.

A still image from dashcam video taken Nov. 30, 2018 by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office deputies shows a deputy assess the wounds of a shooting victim. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

Olson ran forward, grabbed the victim and dragged him behind the patrol car. Adel put the vehicle in reverse as Olson and Belmont dragged the victim until they could load him into the back of the car.

As they drove the man to emergency medical responders stationed nearby, Brown stayed in the backseat to assess his injuries.

Despite having been shot in the head, the victim survived.

They were presented with the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor at a ceremony on June 27. Officials at the ceremony said the 5 deputies’ “efforts were selfless and exhibit the very highest standards of our office.”

Clackamas County Sheriff Roberts presented deputies Olson, Adel, Alexander, Belmont and Brown with the Sheriff’s Medal of Valor, July 3, 2019. (Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

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