An Oregon State Police trooper was wounded and a suspect killed in a shooting during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 Thursday.
The trooper pulled over a car just before 1 p.m. east of The Dalles. Investigators said the suspect got out of his car and shot at the trooper. The trooper returned fire.
The trooper was hit in the side, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening.
Police said the suspect got back in his car and attempted to drive off. The man got about a half mile down the highway before stopping the car again.
Other law enforcement officers responding to the shooting said they found the man hunched over his steering wheel. Officers pulled him out of the car and attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said three children were inside the suspect's car. Their ages are not yet known, but they are believed to be older than 10 years old. Police said the kids were not hurt.
"There were red lights flashing and officers on the freeway and they had their guns aimed at a vehicle that was parked 50 years out in front of their vehicles," said Jim Stroud, who witnesses the aftermath of the shooting while driving home to check on his house, initially fearing the gunman was on the loose.
Police shut down I-84 for nearly six hours in both directions at Biggs Junction, between mileposts 105 and 109, to allow for an investigation.
The highway was open again by 7 p.m.
Investigators are not yet releasing the names of those involved in this shooting. However, police identified the trooper as a 26-year-old who has been with Oregon State Police for five years. He is assigned to The Dalles Area Command Office.
He was expected to be released from the hospital Thursday night.
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