OSP Trooper Shoots Suspect After 120mph I5 Chase and Crash

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On March 6, 2022 at approximately 3:16PM, an Oregon State Police Trooper attempted to stop a reckless vehicle southbound on Interstate 5 at mile-marker 53. The vehicle eluded and reached speeds of 120mph before colliding with another vehicle at mile-marker 50. The crash disabled the suspect vehicle, which came to a stop on the shoulder adjacent to the fast lane.

The initial investigation indicates, the suspect, who has not yet been identified, exited his vehicle armed with knives in both hands and began to advance on the Trooper. The suspect was given several commands to stop and continued to approach the officer in an aggressive manner and was subsequently shot at close distance.

The unidentified suspect, who is a male adult in his 30’s, was transported to a Medford area hospital and is receiving treatment for his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that was struck during the pursuit, sustained minor injuries and sought medial treatment.

The southbound lanes of I-5 were closed for approximately 3 hours.

The Oregon State Police Trooper involved in this incident has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol. Once the investigation is completed, the information will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for review. The name of the Trooper involved will not be released until the Grand Jury has reviewed the matter.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Medford Police Department and is being assisted by members of the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Charges will be filed pending identification of the suspect.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to phone 541-770-4783.

During this incident, a northbound tractor-trailer collided with a parked Rogue River police vehicle that was unoccupied. There were no injuries as a result of this collision. The northbound lanes were closed for approximately 1 hour.

Courtesy of MPD

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