Man dies after officer-involved shooting in West Salem

Officers were attempting arrest when incident happened

UPDATE: This story has been updated with new information received at 9:39 p.m. on Wednesday.

WEST SALEM – A Polk County deputy shot a man on Tuesday night during an attempt to take him into custody on Highway 22. The man, who has not been named by officials, was transported to the Salem Hospital where he died from his injuries.

According to reports from the Oregon State Police, the man had earlier been seen trespassing at his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in Monmouth, harassing her. The man left the scene before Monmouth officers arrived, but had a confrontation with another tenant of the apartment complex, during which he reportedly pulled a knife, according to OSP reports.

Monmouth officers provided a description of the suspect and his vehicle to other local police agencies in an attempt to locate him, including that he may have been armed with a knife, according to OSP. Police had probable cause to arrest the man on charges of trespassing and menacing, according to OSP.

At about 9:45 p.m., Polk County deputies located the vehicle on Highway 22 near Doaks Ferry Road and stopped the car, OSP said. Deputies attempted to arrest the man.

During the confrontation, a deputy fired shots and hit the suspect, according to OSP.

An OSP trooper arrived on scene in response to requests for assistance by Polk County Deputies after shots had been fired. The arriving trooper took part in attempts to take the injured suspect, who was not complying with officers’ commands, into custody and employed less lethal means to do so, according to OSP reports.

Medical aid was rendered to the suspect, who was taken to Salem Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Polk County’s major crimes team was contacted, per officer-involved shooting protocol, and OSP was designated as the lead agency in the investigation, which is ongoing.

No more information is available at this time.

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