Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Rainier officer identified after shooting

See also

The Oregon State Police have identified the injured Rainier police officer involved in the June 23 shooting incident as Officer Russ George. Information about George’s background in the county’s law enforcement community is not available.

According to a news release issued by Lt. Gregg Hastings, of the Oregon State Police, George and a reserve officer were responding to multiple complaints about the driving of a red Kia Spectra. When officers conducted a traffic stop on Highway 30 near Veteran’s Way in Rainier and approached the vehicle, the suspect shot George in the hand. The driver then fled westbound on Highway 30.

Throughout the day, personnel from multiple law enforcement agencies assisted in the search for the suspect, whose vehicle was found abandoned outside of Clatskanie. At about 5 p.m., investigators discovered the body of a man who was suspected to be involved in the earlier incident. The identity of the individual will be released upon completion of an autopsy, the Oregon State Police reported.

Highway 30 has been restricted to traffic for most of the day and an Oregon State Police crash reconstructionist is working at the scene to complete evidence collection, photography and getting measurements.

George was able to drive, with his partner, to Peace Health St. John Medical Center in Longview, Wash., for treatment. He was later transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center where he Is being treated for his wounds. The officers family relayed through the hospital their gratitude for the community’s support and requests privacy at this time.

Advertisement

News

  • Israel, Hamas clash in Gaza
    At least 550 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the third week of the war
    Video
    Video
  • Pro-Russia guards
    President Obama criticizes pro-Russian rebels for blocking off the MH17 crash site
    World News
  • National Guard at Texas border
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
    US News
  • Unlikely Putin defender
    The unlikeliest US politician comes to the defense of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin
    Politics
  • iPhone 6 coming soon
    Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 6, orders tens of millions of units
    Tech
  • Gynecologist settlement
    Johns Hopkins agrees to $190M settlement for patients recorded by gynecologist
    Strange News