Trooper shot during traffic stop; returns fire, kills suspect

NEAR THE DALLES, Ore. - A suspect hopped out of a car and opened fire on a state trooper during a traffic stop east of The Dalles on Thursday afternoon.

The trooper had pulled the vehicle over along I-84 about 20 miles east of The Dalles. According to Lt. Gregg Hastings, the suspect then opened fire on the trooper, hitting him in the side.

The trooper's injury was minor and he is expected to recover. He was able to return fire and hit the suspect before calling for help, Hastings said.

Despite being hit, the suspect managed to drive away. Other troopers found him slumped over the wheel of his car about a half mile down the highway.

The troopers tried to give him medical attention but he was already dead.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, had three kids in the car with him. Hastings didn't have their exact age, but said they were "probably over 10 years of age." Their relationship with the suspect is not clear. They were taken to The Dalles to be interviewed.

Hastings also did not give out the trooper's name, but did say he is 26 years old. The trooper was taken to Mid-Columbia Medical Center for treatment. He was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night.

According to Hastings, the trooper was working overtime when the incident happened. He has worked for OSP for five years.

I-84 was shut down at Biggs Junction from milepost 105 to milepost 109 for the investigation. All lanes were reopened by 7 p.m.

Traffic leading up to the closure and on detour routes was very congested, according to a reporter on the scene.