SANDY, Ore. (KOIN) — A Clackamas County deputy is on paid administrative leave after shooting a suspect in a domestic disturbance.
The shooting happened Monday night in Sandy. 911 dispatchers received a call at 11:30 from a woman reporting her boyfriend was armed with a gun and was preventing her from leaving the residence. The woman’s father was there too and had pulled out a gun to protect his daughter. She told dispatchers her father and boyfriend were pointing the guns at each other.
As Sandy Police officers and Clackamas County deputies responded, they received information that the boyfriend, 29-year-old Stephen Burlison, had left the home in a blue SUV. While he was driving away, he reportedly shot a BB gun at his girlfriend and her father. Neither were hit.
Sheriff’s deputies found the SUV on Highway 211. Deputies tried to pull the driver over, but he sped off, going more than 80 mph through a berry field. A spokesman with the sheriff’s office says Burlison drove back to the home where the incident began and started chasing his girlfriend, who was trying to drive away in her own car.
Burlison stopped his SUV and blocked his girlfriend. That is when a deputy rammed Burlison’s SUV, hoping to get him away from the woman.
The suspect then reportedly pointed a gun out of the SUV and that is when shots were fired by the deputy. Burlison had minor injuries and was treated and released from a hospital.
He was arrested and held in the Clackamas County Jail on $52,000 bail.
Names of the deputies involved haven’t been released.