A man pulled over for a traffic violation on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles shot and wounded an Oregon state trooper, who returned fire Thursday, an Oregon State Police spokesman said. The motorist drove another half mile and died.
The 26-year-old trooper, who has worked for the state police for five years, was treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound to his side, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, who described the trooper’s wound as minor.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the motorist was struck by the trooper’s bullets or shot himself, Hastings said. An autopsy was planned.
Neither man was immediately identified after the afternoon gun battle.
Three juveniles in the car with the motorist were unhurt and were taken to The Dalles for interviews, Hastings said.
The trooper had gotten out of his patrol car after stopping the man for an unspecified traffic violation. The driver got out of his vehicle and shot at the trooper, who fired back, Hastings said.
Other responding troopers found the man slumped over his steering wheel about a half mile from the site of the traffic stop. Hastings said they pulled the man from the vehicle and tried unsuccessfully to revive him.
A section of I-84 was closed for several hours, but all lanes had reopened by 7 p.m.