Sheriff: State trooper shot at suspect in car early Monday morning in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. - An Oregon State Trooper fied on a vehicle that refused to stop, made a u-turn in a neighborhood and drove at the trooper early Monday morning, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.
The trooper was not injured. Investigators do not know if the dark, 2-door sport coupe has damage from the gunfire. That vehicle and its driver remained at large as of mid-day Monday.
Investigators would like to hear from anyone with information about the suspect car.
Residents in the area of Marshall Avenue with video surveillance cameras are also asked to call (541) 682-4141.
The shooting happened at 1 a.m. after the trooper attempted to stop the car for speeding.
"The vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed, and failed to stop when the Trooper activated his emergency lights. The suspect vehicle turned down a residential road and quickly did a U-turn and drove straight at the Trooper," according to the Lane County Sheriff's Office, which is leading the investigation. "The Trooper discharged his firearm in the direction of the vehicle. The suspect narrowly missed hitting the Trooper with the vehicle before fleeing the area."
Law enforcement now has two jobs to do: Locate the suspect, and investigate the trooper's decision to fire.