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Klamath Falls Shooting: Deputy Hospitalized After Traffic Stop Gone Wrong

By    |   Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 07:36 AM

The Klamath Falls shooting that left a sheriff's deputy with critical injuries after a traffic stop Wednesday is still being investigated by police as the officer was flown to OHSU in Portland to undergo surgery.

Meanwhile, a woman who lives near where the shooting took place told The Associated Press police activity in her neighborhood is "not unusual" because, she said, there's a lot of drug users in the area.

Police are looking for a suspect in a black Jeep Cherokee.

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The shooting happened near the intersection of Onyx Avenue and Bisbee Street shortly before noon. The deputy was shot twice — once in the face and once in the side — and was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls. Hospital spokesman Tom Hottman said the deputy, whose name was not released, would be flown to OHSU — 280 miles northwest of Klamath Falls.

Authorities have yet to reveal many details of the incident, such as why the deputy stopped the vehicle.

District Attorney Rob Patridge said the armed-and-dangerous suspect was believed to be driving a black 1989 Jeep Cherokee SUV with the Oregon license plate ZFQ270.

Barbara Palumbo, who lives in a trailer park near the shooting site, said she did not hear the gunfire and was alerted to the violence by the siren from a police car. She has lived in the neighborhood for 10 years and said there are many drug users.

"It's not unusual for us to see police activity," she said. "It's kind of sad."

Palumbo said the Jeep Cherokee described by police is not a vehicle she has seen in the neighborhood.

The incident sent Mazama High School into lockdown at noon, said Randy Rose, the vice principal. Those restrictions were later eased and the few children who were inside the building during summer break went home with parents.

People with information about the shooting were asked Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at (541) 883-5334.

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