CRESWELL, Ore. (AP) – Authorities say an Oregon State trooper was shot in the chest south of Eugene in Creswell during a traffic stop and that a person of interest is in custody.
Oregon State Police say the trooper was shot at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday at Oregon 99 and England Road after the trooper tried to contact the occupant of a stolen vehicle.
Police say after a brief encounter the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Edward Paul Dungan, shot and hit the trooper, who suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the trooper returned fire and investigators don’t believe Dungan was hit.
Dungan fled and police reported later Tuesday afternoon that someone was in custody.
Authorities say Dungan’s car was found not far from the scene of the shooting.
Police say they don’t believe there is a further threat to the community.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation.
Dungan was arrested and lodged at the Lane County Hail on attempted aggravated murder, unlawful use of a weapon and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in connection with the shooting.KOIN 6 News Staff contributed to this report