SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The shooting of a Salem police officer caught on security camera shows sparks flying as the officer runs to the back of her car for protection.
Cassidy Stanley caught the entire traffic stop around 8:30 p.m. on his rental property security cameras in the 500 block of Highland Avenue NE. The video shows the van stopped in front of his tenant’s house, a man shooting from the driver’s side of the van and then the officer running.
Then a passenger got out of the van and stands near the sidewalk as the van speeds away, leaving the passenger and the wounded officer. His empty car was found a short time later just 4 blocks away.
Authorities set up a perimeter and the manhunt extended for hours. Eventually Salem police and a SWAT team used an explosive device to open a door at the East Broadway Apartments Wednesday morning before starting negotiations.
The man came out and was taken into custody mid-morning.
Stanley said it’s lucky kids weren’t playing basketball or on the playground at the nearby Highland Elementary School.
“It’s unfortuante, it’s sad, it’s hard on the community,” Stanley told KOIN 6 News. “It’s not common in our area. It shouldn’t be common in any area.”
Another neighbor caught a different angle of the shooting on her security camera. She did not want to be identified.
Neither the suspect’s nor the police officer’s names have been released. The officer was released from the hospital several hours later and is expected to be OK.
‘Not the best neighborhood’
Tina Scharff was home when the shooting happened. She said that she saw the van speeding away and knew something was wrong. “I seen a van going past real fast,” said Scharff. “The cop was hurt and I seen all the cops coming and barricading the roads.”
Neighbors in the area said they haven’t seen this kind of problem before.
“I’ve been here 30 years and that’s the first time anything like that has ever happened, on this block at least,” she told KOIN 6 News. The neighborhood is “not the best. I’ve heard a lot of cops and seen a lot of people’s houses get raided. Not this block but just down the block. I’ve seen it happen around here.”