The search for the individual suspected of shooting a Rainier police officer not once, but twice today is over. Columbia River Fire and Rescue Chief Jay Tappan tells the Columbia County Buzz Examiner that the suspect was found dead around 5 p..m, of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Witnesses told law enforcement and media representatives that they had heard a shot in an area near Collins Road, west of Clatskanie and that’s where representatives of several law enforcement agencies were concentrating their search efforts after the suspect’s red Kia Spectra was discovered about 18 miles from the scene of the shooting, abandoned.
Names have not yet been released –not for the suspect, nor the Rainier officer and reserve officer from who were involved in the shooting incident near Highway 30 and Veteran’s way in Rainier at 12:30 p.m.
Tappan handled media relations throughout the day and told the Columbia County Buzz Examiner previously that the incident began in Scappoose with a report of a red Kia Spectra driving erratically through town. It wasn’t until the officers in Rainier came upon the vehicle and executed a traffic stop that the vehicle was slowed.
A fight ensued and at least two shots were fired – hitting the unnamed officer in the hand and in the chest. He was wearing a bulletproof vest though, so the chest hit was non-injury, Tappan said. It is unclear whether the reserve officer also fired their weapon, but investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The injured officer and his partner traveled to Longview to seek medical attention for the injuries and the officer was later
transported to a Portland-area hospital.
The search for the individual in question, reportedly an adult male with longer brown hair wearing a white shirt, involved representatives of the Astoria Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office, Portland Police Bureau’s helicopter and several other agencies, including the Oregon State Police.