A 17-year old suspect has been shot and killed following a robbery and police chase from Marion County into Polk County.
The incident began in Salem and ended following the deadly shooting along Highway 18 near the Highway 22 junction early Saturday morning, Oct. 28.
The police action closed the busy highway that connects the Oregon Coast to the Willamette Valley for several hours. Highway 18 was reopened at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
The following is information released by Oregon State Police.
The Oregon State Police (OSP), with assistance from the Polk County Major Crimes Team, is investigating the officer involved shooting on Highway 18 near milepost 23 in Grand Ronde.
Armed Carjacking, robbery in Salem
Preliminary information from investigators indicates deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were notified of an armed carjacking and robbery that occurred around 4 a.m., in the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Silverton Road and Lancaster Drive NE in Salem. A black, 2015 Toyota Corolla, was reported 'car-jacked' at that location and the suspect was reported to have possessed a weapon.
Law Enforcement Pursuit
Polk County deputies located the vehicle and a pursuit ensued, ending on Highway 18 near milepost 23. As deputies attempted to take the subject, a 17-year-old juvenile male from Silverton, OR, into custody, shots were fired and the subject died at the scene. Investigators have recovered a weapon from the shooting scene.
The names of the involved officers and of the deceased juvenile are being withheld pending next of kin notification. Any subsequent releases will be made via the Polk County District Attorney's Office.
The Polk County District Attorney's Office, Polk County Medical Examiner, Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Independence Police Department, Keizer Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation assisted in the OSP investigation. A crew from North Lincoln Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the scene as mutual aid.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28
Highway 18 remains closed at Valley Junction (OR 18/OR 22 intersection) for a law enforcement investigation. There is no detour and there is no estimated time for re-opening the highway. Travelers should avoid the area and use alternative routes.
See TropCheck.com for updates.
Previous News Guard coverage posted at 6:30 a.m.
The Oregon Department of Transportation reports a law enforcement action has Highway 18 closed in both directions at Valley Junction (OR 18/OR 22 intersection) in the Grand Ronde area.
ODOT has been directed by law enforcement to close the road and it could remain closed for the next several hours. Travelers should avoid the area or use an alternative route.
For road updates, visit TripCheck.com, or call 5-1-1.