St. Helens ,Ore. – Update 6:10 Am 10/10/19
At approximately 5:26 a.m. on Wednesday, October 9, St. Helens officers responded to a report of a shooting incident at the St. Helens Chevron located at 115 N. Columbia River Highway.The incident led to the deadly use of force by police. This caused the prolonged closure of Highway 30 around milepost 35 in both directions. It is anticipated that the highway reopened at approximately 6 p.m. The suspect has been confirmed deceased at the scene.Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency. Multiple incident scenes are currently being investigated. A pickup truck driven by the unnamed suspect crashed into an embankment North of the Chevron station the back window was blown out a rear tire was missing.
ODOT has closed Highway 30 in St Helens between MP 35 and 36 due to an ongoing police investigation by St. Helens PD. We have reached out to police to find out what’s happening. KXL listeners are calling and emailing the newsroom saying they’ve been stuck in the traffic backup for at least 20 to 30 minutes. We’re hearing via emergency radio scanners that there may have been a suspect shooting at cars, and was chased by police. We’re also hearing that suspect may have been hit and killed by a car on the highway. That has not been confirmed by police yet. Check back for updates on this developing story.
Cowlitz County – HWY 30/MP 35 – If you use HWY 30 for your daily commute – USE ALT ROUTE! There is an “Extended Delay” to motorists between Rainer & St. Helen’s OR.
— Trooper Will Finn (@wspd5pio) October 9, 2019
Sounds like there was a pursuit earlier on Hwy 30. Started in St Helens, ended at Deer Island.
Per Columbia County Community Facebook pages he was shooting at cars.
Apparently suspect got out of his vehicle, then was hit by another vehicle.#pdxtraffic pic.twitter.com/Prza8ztsq2
— Wash Co Scanner (@WashCoScanner) October 9, 2019