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Details emerge of shootout near Christmas tree farm

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SILVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Police held a press conference to update the details of a chase and search that led to both the suspect and a deputy being shot near a Marion County Christmas tree farm on Friday.

A spokesman for the Marion County Sheriff's Office identified the deputy who was shot as Jim Buchholz, a nine-year veteran with the force. 

Buchholz was transported to OHSU from the scene by a LifeFlight helicopter after he had administered first aid to his own gunshot wound, according to Chief Jason Myers.

The suspect, whose identity was not being released, was shot by another deputy who was chasing him. The suspect wound up being transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

The suspect's condition was unknown, but he was expected to survive his injuries.

The incident began at about 9 a.m. Friday, when a Silverton Police officer spotted a stolen vehicle being driven by the suspect and attempted to pull it over.

When the suspect gave chase, other police agencies joined in. The vehicle left Silverton city limits and headed into a rural part of Marion County. Sheriff's Office deputies eventually spotted the stolen vehicle in a field near 117th and Sunnyview Road NE.

Deputies spent several hours searching the area to no avail. Just prior to 4 p.m., when deputies were about to leave, Deputy Buchholz spotted the suspect, and confronted him in an attempt to arrest him.  

The suspect then shot Deputy Buchholz. As Buchholz treated his own wound, other deputies arrived and several more shots rang out.

Officer Jason Bricker, a 4-year veteran with the Silverton Police Department, fired his weapon. The type of weapon and number of rounds fired was not made available.

At some point during the exchange, the suspect was shot, and taken into custody. It's unclear which officer's bullet struck him.

A Marion County sheriff's spokesman described the standoff as a "very high risk tactical operation" where multiple shots were fired. He said there was never an immediate threat to the public, but asked neighbors in the area to remain indoors until the suspect was caught.

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