Hospital upgrades Officer Dodds to 'serious but stable' condition

Hospital upgrades Officer Dodds to 'serious but stable' condition
Lincoln City Police Officer Steven Dodds (left) with his daughter, Meghan Dodds (right). Photo courtesy of Meghan Dodds.

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Lincoln City police officer shot several times during a traffic stop in January has been upgraded to "serious but stable condition" according to a nursing supervisor at Legacy Emanuel hospital.

Earlier Friday morning, KATU News received a report Lincoln City officer Steven Dodds had been upgraded to "guarded and stable" but the nursing supervisor later notified KATU that condition was not correct.

Dodds was shot more than once - police have not specified the exact number of times - during a traffic stop along Highway 101. Police continue to search for David Durham, the only suspect in the case.

Durham fled towards Waldport after the shooting with police in pursuit. However, he was able to ditch his 1984 SUV and evade capture. He was wearing full camouflage at the time and is said to be a survivalist by his family.

Police did find his dog, Huckleberry, after an extensive search in Waldport. Durham has not been found.

Doctors treating officer Dodds say his excellent physical conditioning and quick response by medical crews mean he will likely make a complete recovery, but it will take time.