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Rainier officer identified after shooting

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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.

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