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Multnomah Co. Sheriff's deputy killed in off-duty motorcycle crash

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Deputy Eric Gustafson (Photo: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputy Eric Gustafson (Photo: Multnomah Co. Sheriff's Office)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

An off-duty Multnomah County Sheriff's Office deputy was killed after crashing his motorcycle near Redding, CA on Thursday.

MCSO said Deputy Eric Gustafson, 47, was a 26 year veteran.

California Highway Patrol said the crash happened on a rural highway and involved no other passengers or vehicles. An investigation into the crash revealed Deputy Gustafson's motorcycle drifted off the edge of the roadway which resulted in a loss of control.

MCSO said Deputy Gustafson had been assigned to the Civil Unit for the past six years, working on civil process matters and assisting in several on-going Sheriff's Office projects.

Deputy Gustafson spent several years as part of the Sheriff's Office motorcycle unit, providing support for parades, funerals, memorials and other special events.

In 2011, MCSO said Deputy Gustafson was honored by Sheriff Station for his work  with MCSO SAR when the unit received the "Sheriff's Award" for outstanding dedication and service to the citizens of Multnomah Co.

"Eric had a lasting impact on the Sheriff's Office and he will be missed greatly by all of us," said Sheriff Staton. "He will be remembered for his dedicated service, friendship and loyalty."

MCSO is providing care and assistance to Deputy Gustafson's family. 

His family asked MCSO to release the following statement on their behalf:

"Eric was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and example for all of us. The family deeply appreciates the community support and the help provided through the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office. A memorial service is being planned for Sunday, September 13th in the afternoon. Details will be provided through the obituary and social media "

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