People's Police Report
Shootings & deaths
Police Shootings and Deaths Abound in Oregon
Quite a few more police shootings have happened around Oregon since our last issue, including two more in Salem the week our last newsletter went to press.
--On April 23, Marion County Deputy Cliff Self shot and wounded 38-year-old Dusty Epps, who was a passenger in a car that was pulled over (Oregonian, April 27).
--On April 26, another Marion County Deputy shot 48-year-old Michael Wylie, who was sleeping in a reportedly stolen car and "confronted" police when he was awakened. (KPTV, April 26).
--On April 28, State Police Sgt. Mike Turner shot 56-year-old Zande Barnaschel in Jefferson County after he fled from a home where a burglary was reported. Barnaschel (also known as Joshua Waddington) was allegedly armed (Oregonian, April 30).
--On May 3, Oregon State Police Trooper Justin Oxenrider shot and killed 27-year-old Josiah Fischer, who allegedly sped away from them at a traffic stop near Scappoose. Fischer was wanted for speeding. Oxenrider claims Fischer pointed a gun at him, prompting the trooper's firing of nine bullets (Oregonian, May 10).
--On June 22, 56-year-old Gregory Price died after being hit with a Taser and pepper spray by Douglas County Sheriff's deputies in Roseburg. Price had been spotted jumping on cars outside the County courthouse after being acquitted on reckless driving charges (Oregonian, June 27).
--On July 2, Deschutes County Deputy Mike Sundberg shot and killed 54-year-old Cindy Shepard after she allegedly fired a weapon at them when they were investigating "suspicious circumstances" in Redmond (Oregonian, July 6).
--On July 20, two members of the St. Helens police and two from the Columbia County Sheriff's office were involved in the shooting of Rogelio Martinez, 60, who survived his wounds. Martinez allegedly charged at the officers with a knife after talking to him and hitting him with a Taser did not resolve the situation (Portland Tribune on line, July 22).
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