Police are investigating after two Salem
police officers shot and killed the driver of a stolen car.
said officers spotted a 1989 Honda Civic in downtown Salem around 1 a.m.
Monday. The car was reported stolen Sunday night.
The car took off
and police chased it for about three minutes, investigators said. Police
reported the man drove through several stop signs and speeds ranged from 30 to
The car then slammed into a stop sign at the corner of Liberty Street Northeast
and Grove Street, and crashed into a parked car, according to investigators.
"We could hear the chase flying from downtown and then we
heard a couple of crashes, like he hit something," said Mark Mott, who heard
The driver then
did not listen to the officers' commands, investigators said. Two
officers then opened fire and the man died at the scene, according to police.
driver has not been positively identified.
Police shut down
traffic on Liberty Street between Columbia to Pine streets as investigators
examined the scene.
was scary, really, really scary. I tried to stay in the house," said Brandy Nash,
who lives nearby.
said the shooting involved Officer Rogers Smith, a five-year veteran with the
Salem Police Department, and Officer Laura Seefeldt, who has been with the
force since 2000.
Police said both
officers have been put on administrative leave -- standard procedure following
cases like this.
FOX 12 has learned that in 2007, Smith was involved in another officer-involved shooting.
said that in that case, Smith was responding to a man threatening a neighbor with a
weapon. When officers arrived, they found Rockne Mack Nickell, who appeared to be
holding a handgun, which later turned out to be a pellet gun.
told investigators there was a struggle and he thought he was firing his Taser
when he pulled the trigger of his gun.
A grand jury reviewed the case and determined Smith's action was justified.
Police and the Marion County District Attorney's Office are now investigating.
information about the case is asked to call the Oregon State Police at
Thursday, July 31 2014 11:57 AM EDT2014-07-31 15:57:19 GMT
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