Police: Man shot after ramming patrol car

Police: Man shot after ramming patrol car

YAMHILL, Ore. – State police said a man – apparently angry over receiving a speeding ticket – rammed a state trooper’s patrol car, leading to a car chase that ended with a police officer firing at the suspect.

The suspect, 29-year-old Bryan Christopher Mitchell of Yamhill, was treated Sunday night for a minor gunshot wound and was then taken to the Yamhill County Jail on suspicion of assault, hit-and-run and felony eluding charges.

Here’s what state police said happened:

The incident started with a traffic stop just after 7 p.m. on Highway 47 just north of McMinnville. An Oregon State Police trooper stopped Mitchell’s vehicle for going 85 mph in a 55-mph speed zone, according to an OSP news release.

After Mitchell was given a ticket, the trooper said he was “visibly angry” and took off driving southbound. At some point, he turned around and passed the trooper’s patrol heading the opposite direction.

As the trooper was driving south and nearing Highway 99, he saw Mitchell’s vehicle approach from behind before ramming the patrol car. The trooper said Mitchell then sped off.

A pursuit ensued with other officers also following Mitchell’s vehicle, which was heading toward Carlton on Meadowlake Road. That’s when Mitchell pulled into a large gravel area and attempted to back into a Yamhill County sheriff’s deputy’s patrol vehicle, troopers said.

Police said Mitchell took off again, heading east on Meadowlake Road. That’s when a Yamhill police officer, Travis Van Cleave, fired at Mitchell’s vehicle, the news release said.

McMinnville police laid spike strips on the roadway, stopping Mitchell’s vehicle near the Meadowlake Road and Old Moorse Valley Road intersection.

He was arrested after deputies used Tasers.

Van Cleave was placed on administrative leave, as is standard in officer-related shootings. The circumstances surrounding the shooting will be investigated by OSP detectives.