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Salem police investigating officer-involved shooting

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(Courtesy: Leslie Beaty) (Courtesy: Leslie Beaty)

Oregon State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Salem Saturday afternoon.

Salem Police aren’t saying much about what happened. But witnesses tell Fox 12 an RV led police on a chase that started in a nearby neighbor and ended about a mile away near I-5. 

A Salem neighborhood, near 20th Ave. and Kansas, turned into two crime scenes Saturday afternoon. 

“It was pretty unnerving,” said neighbor Chris Hedstrom. 

Neighbors said they heard two rounds of gunshots. 

“It sounded like a burst of maybe like seven and then another seven,” said Hedstrom. 

Some neighbors said they even saw a chase. 

“Well we were just actually sitting on our front room and my wife looks up and there’s an RV goes flying by at 40 snd she’s like hey that seems a little off,” said neighbor Clinton Hughes. “Right after that the RV comes back down the street, it’s going the opposite way and there’s a police car behind it.” 

In the neighborhood, Fox 12 could see two police cars damaged. 

“I was terrified,” said neighbor Chelsea Davis. “I was just trying to get my family as quickly as possible to me and into our basement.” 

A little over a mile away, near Hawthorne Ave. and Market Street, there was a third scene. 

Another damaged police car could be seen there, along with an RV with bullet holes in it. 

“So scary, yeah,” said witness Jenna Stoyles. “Super scary.” 

Stoyles said she was eating at a nearby restaurant in the area. 

“This motorhome flies up right here and all these cop cars kind of follow and then we saw the cops come out with out guns so we all had the kids hit the floor and then we thought we heard shots,” she said. 

Another witness said he actually saw a suspect. 

“Just as I pulled up, the RV basically quit running and the driver hopped out of the driver’s side and had his hands up and appeared to be walking towards the officers who already had their guns drawn,” Brad Ebel said. 

Salem Police said at least one officer was injured but is going to be okay. Police haven’t released any information about suspects involved. 

They also haven’t said who fired shots or if anyone was hit by gunfire.  

Several street closures were in place. Hawthorne Avenue Northeast is closed between Market Street Northeast and Weston Court Northeast, D Street Northeast is closed between 17th Street and Thompson Street Northeast, Kansas Street Northeast is closed between 18th Street Northeast and 20th Street Northeast, 19th Street is closed between Englewood and Nebraska Northeast, and Breys is closed between D Street and B street.

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