Suspected Salem cop shooter in custody


SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The man suspected of shooting a Salem police officer multiple times during a traffic stop Tuesday night has been taken into custody.

Authorities have their guns drawn outside a Salem apartment, May 15, 2019. It's believed the suspected shooter in somewhere inside. (KOIN)

Salem police and a SWAT team used an explosive device to open a door at the East Broadway Apartments Wednesday morning before starting negotiations. Within an hour, police said the man came out.

“Negotiators talked with him for half an hour, maybe longer and got him to a peaceful surrender,” Lt. Treven Upkes said.

The investigation started in the 500 block of Highland Avenue NE At 8:30 p.m. when the suspect shot the police officer. The shooter then fled the area, but his empty car was found a short time later just four blocks away.

Tactical and K-9 teams responded immediately to help with the search while residents were told to stay inside and lock their doors.

The injured officer was taken to a nearby hospital where she received treatment for multiple gunshot wounds. According to police scanner audio, she was hit in the left arm. Bullets also hit her vest.

“I’ve been shot multiple times,” the Salem police officer can be heard saying. “The driver just took off on me. I need medics.”

She was released several hours later and is expected to be okay. 

Due to the incident, officials closed nearby Highland Elementary Wednesday. No other schools were affected.

After the suspect was taken into custody, Salem-Keizer School District said the “shelter in place” was lifted. Classes at Highland remain canceled, but staff members are asked to report to the elementary school if they can.

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