SALEM, OR (KPTV) - A suspect was shot and killed Thursday morning following a foot pursuit and shooting involving an officer, according to the Salem Police Department.

Police said an officer was conducting a traffic investigation at around 9:50 a.m. when the involved vehicle crashed at 17th Street Northeast and Court Street Northeast.

The driver fled from the vehicle on foot and the officer chased after the driver into a backyard on Court Street NE.

According to police, shots were fired during a confrontation in the backyard.

The suspect was struck by gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. On Friday, Oregon State Police identified the man as 30-year-old Rodolfo “Rudy” Martinez-Cortez of Salem.

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Police said the officer, later identified as Officer Andrew Parsons, was struck in the ankle and was treated by medical staff. Parsons has been placed on administrative leave per department policy.

Parsons has been with the Salem Police Department since February 2020 after serving as a deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, according to authorities.

Following the shooting, 17th Street NE was closed between Chemeketa Street and State Street and Court Street NE was closed between 17th Street and 14th Street during the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing. Salem police said further information will be released by Oregon State Police.

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(3) comments

Frederick Fukov

Gawd please don't let it by another unarmed black guy.


'Police said the officer was struck in the ankle and was treated by medical staff.' Kind of sounds like the suspect was armed.

Erik Erlow Eeckhart

armed or not, if the guy was black there will be riots, no matter if he was caught on tape shooting or attacking the officer

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