Sheriff's deputy shoots man outside Salem home

Sheriff's deputy shoots man outside Salem home »Play Video
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SALEM, Ore. – A Marion County sheriff’s deputy shot a man after a confrontation in Salem Tuesday afternoon.

The deputy tried to stop a Jeep Cherokee at around 1 p.m., but the driver didn't respond to the car's lights or siren, sheriff’s office spokesman Don Thomson said. The deputy followed the SUV to a home in the 6000 block of Fircrest Street SE.

That's when a man in the passenger seat, identified as Dusty Keaton Epps, got out of the SUV and confronted the deputy, who shot him, Thomson said. The deputy, identified as Cliff Self, was not hurt.

Neighbor Kelly Cooper said she saw Epps on the ground when she parked her car at her house.

“I pulled up to my house and a guy was lying on the street and the girl in the car said that he had been shot 12 times,” said Cooper. “Then I had other neighbors come out and tell me they heard gunshots too.

“I saw the victim lying on the ground, and [he was] screaming, and just cops come out of nowhere. Everywhere,” Cooper said. “He was screaming and cussing at the cops.”

An ambulance took Epps to a hospital. He is expected to survive.

Police said there was also a woman in the SUV who was the driver. She wasn't hurt. But police found out she had a warrant out for her arrest for burglary in the first degree, theft in the first degree and identity theft in Marion County and a warrant in Linn County for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Oregon State Police identified her as 29-year-old Jessica Dawn Houser. She was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

Deputy Self is on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure. State police are investigating the shooting.

This version corrects the name of the woman arrested from Hansen to Houser. Police say Hansen was an alias.

Watch cellphone video from the scene of the arrest and treatment of the man deputies shot and wounded. He was taken to the hospital. His current condition is unknown.