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 shot and hit the trooper, who suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the trooper returned fire and investigators don’t believe the suspect was hit.
The suspect fled and police reported later Tuesday afternoon that someone was in custody.
Authorities say shooter’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.