An Oregon highway shootout broke out Thursday when a man began firing at a police officer who pulled him over for speeding.
Oregon Live reports Oct. 4 that John Van Allen II was stopped by Oregon State Police Trooper Matthew Zistel, 26, on Highway 84 near The Dalles. He and the officer exchanged gunfire. Allen was hit in the chest, but he drove a half-mile down the road before collapsing and dying in his car. His children -- a 10-year-old girl and two boys ages 13 and 15 -- were in the vehicle throughout the Oregon Highway shootout. They are now in the custody at the Department of Human Services.
Zistel was wounded on his left side from the shootout. He was treated at Mid-Columbia Medical Center then released. The report said he is a five-year veteran and is married without children.
Allen had lived in South Carolina and Pennsylvania and recently moved to Portland. Why he engaged in a shootout is unknown, but authorities are investigating.
This has been a bad week for violence in the nation. Besides the Oregon highway shootout, police had to shoot a woman who was trying to overrun a barricade at the White House in Washington, D.C. She died from the incident and reportedly had severe depression.