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Grand jury: Trooper justified in deadly I-5 shooting with armed suspect

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Deadly officer-involved shooting scene on I-5 in Salem area, Oct. 28 Deadly officer-involved shooting scene on I-5 in Salem area, Oct. 28
Deadly officer-involved shooting scene on I-5 in Salem area, Oct. 28 Deadly officer-involved shooting scene on I-5 in Salem area, Oct. 28
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A grand jury ruled that an Oregon State Police trooper was justified in using deadly force when he shot and killed a suspect on Interstate 5 in the Salem area last month.

The incident began the evening of Oct. 28. A trooper reported a 1970 Ford Bronco was speeding and driving erratically on southbound I-5 just south of Woodland.

The trooper attempted to stop the SUV, but instead it turned into a 17-mile high-speed chase that ended with a deadly officer-involved shooting and the highway closed for hours.

The Marion County District Attorney's Office said the entire chase was captured on the patrol car's dashboard camera and it showed the suspect, identified as 35-year-old Jasper Levi Adams, throwing an unknown object from his vehicle at the beginning of the chase.

During the chase, police said Adams hit speeds in excess of 100 mph and weaved in and out of traffic, often traveling on both shoulders of the highway.

A spike strip was used near the Mission Street exit, which damaged the right front tire of the Bronco.

A district attorney's office report states Adams slowed down and appeared to be pulling over, however he then drove into the grassy area south of the overpass and began heading toward the southbound I-5 on-ramp from Mission Street.

Believing Adams was attempting to enter the on-ramp going the wrong direction, troopers tried to use their vehicles to pin him in and stop his SUV.  

Despite collisions with two different patrol vehicles, investigators said Adams managed to escape, spin around and re-enter I-5 going south.

The police chase continued until his tire blew out under the Battlecreek overpass. As his SUV came to a stop, a trooper used his police SUV to pin the suspect and push his vehicle just off the roadway. Other troopers then boxed Adams in.

Instead of showing his hands as ordered, the district attorney's report said Adams turned away toward the console area of his vehicle and appeared to be searching for something. He then quickly spun back toward troopers, yelling as he raised a handgun at them.

One of the dash camera videos clearly depicts that just as one trooper yelled, "He's got a gun," Senior Trooper Jason Perrizo fired a single shot at Adams striking him in the head and killing him, according to investigators.

The district attorney reported the whole encounter, from the time Adams' vehicle came to a complete stop until he was shot, lasted 12 seconds. Perrizo and Adams were 10 feet apart.

Police said Adams had a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun. It was found to have a bullet lodged in the barrel, consistent with Adams having pulled the trigger and the gun jamming or "stove-piping," according to investigators.

The grand jury ruled that Perrizo's use of deadly force was lawful and justified in this case.

Perrizo is an Army veteran who has been an Oregon State Police trooper since 2001. He has been a member of OSP SWAT for the last 11 years.

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