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Man shot by sheriff's deputies was a wanted fugitive in a stolen car

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Photo courtesy of the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

SALEM, Ore. - A man shot by sheriff's deputies during a routine welfare check was a wanted fugitive from Utah who was considered armed and dangerous.

The incident happened shortly after 7 a.m. Friday on Sunnyside Road Southeast near the Interstate 5 and Illahe overpass in south Salem.

It all started when someone reported seeing a vehicle (a silver Acura) parked along the road with a man slumped over the wheel.

When deputies got there, they saw that the man was sleeping and they tried to wake him up to check on his well being. And that's when the situation turned dangerous.

"Two of our deputies arrived to check on the condition of the man in the car and within a moment there was a confrontation," said Don Thomson with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the man, identified as Michael Kent Wylie, brandished a handgun. That's when Deputy Dale Huitt shot Wylie in the leg.

Wylie was taken to a hospital for treatment. The deputies involved in the incident were not hurt.

Investigators later discovered Wylie's fugitive status and determined that the car he was found in was stolen.

Wylie is being held at the Marion County Jail on a parole violation warrant. He also faces charges of unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful possession of a weapon. Investigators said more charges could be coming.

Deputy Huitt is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Keizer Police detectives are investigating the incident.