LINCOLN CITY, Ore. (AP) - A manhunt is under way in Waldport for a man suspected of shooting a Lincoln City police officer during a traffic stop on a coastal highway, Oregon State Police said.
The officer was shot more than one time after he pulled over a car for speeding about 11 p.m. Sunday. The 45-year-old officer has been flown to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. He is reported in critical condition, and his family and fellow officers are at the hospital, police said.
The suspect vehicle, a 1984 Dodge SUV, fled south on Highway 101. It was spotted by Newport police, and several shots were fired at officers in the chase. None were hit.
The car was stopped by spike strips about 11:30 p.m. on the highway at Waldport, about 40 miles south of Lincoln City. The driver fled into a wooded area. Police have identified the man who owns the suspect vehicle as David Anthony Durham, 43. Officers are looking for Mr. Durham.
Investigators said they are releasing Mr. Durham's name and DMV photograph to "help obtain information that will confirm he is safe and to be able to interview him to learn if he has information to help identify and locate the suspect in this investigation."
Mr. Durham's residence is listed as Sauvie Island outside of Portland.
Roads have been closed and Waldport schools are closed for the day while a search for the suspect is conducted by state police, deputies from Lincoln and Benton counties, and officers from Newport and Toledo.
At a morning news conference, Newport police said the suspect may have shot at a crab fisherman checking his crab pots with a searchlight, thinking it was police. The fisherman was struck by shrapnel as bullets hit his boat. He was not described as being injured.
"He shot a police officer, he's really dangerous," Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda said.
Police have advised residents to call 911 immediately if they see anyone suspicious and for travelers to not pick up any hitchhikers along coastal routes.
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The suspect flees police in this still-frame shot during the chase:
Patrol cars line up near where the suspect was last seen. Photos by Valerie Hurst