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Police: Suspect accused of stealing tow truck shot by officer in NE Salem

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A man accused of stealing a tow truck was shot by an officer in northeast Salem while trying to run away from police, according to the Salem Police Department.

Police said at approximately 7:10 a.m., officers received information that a tow truck had been stolen from the 6300 block of northeast Portland Road, and was last seen going northbound.

Just before 7:30 a.m., Salem Police Officers found the stolen truck behind a pole barn in the 3600 block of northeast Chemawa Road, according to police.

At least one Oregon State Trooper also arrived on the scene to assist, according to Salem Police.

After officers arrived and were attempting to take the suspect into custody, the truck started, revved up its motor, and drove towards Salem Police Sargent Tony Moore, who shot his weapon.

Salem Police said the truck then fled the scene and eventually got stuck as it crossed a drainage ditch in a field off of northeast Lakeside Drive.

The driver left on foot and was taken into custody a short distance away.

The suspect, Ronald Gene Chilcote, 51, of Salem, suffered a non life-threatening gunshot wound, and is being treated at a local hospital, according to police.

Chilcote faces charges of unauthorized use of motor vehicle and felony charges of attempting to elude an officer.

The investigation is still ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Oregon State Police.

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