SILVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A man described as armed with a rifle and two handguns was fatally shot in a gun battle with officers Monday after he wounded a man at an Oregon recreational vehicle park.
The gunman was airlifted from the Silver Spur RV park in Silverton, east of Salem, to a Portland hospital where he died of his wounds, Marion County sheriff’s spokesman Don Thomson said.
The dead man was not immediately identified.
A man who was wounded in the park was taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where he was in stable condition, Thomson said. He was not identified.
“Initial reports that there was a second, female victim of the shooter were found to be inaccurate,” Thomson said in a statement. “We have spoken to her and confirmed she was not injured, but did witness the incident.”
No officers were hurt. The officers who fired were not immediately identified.
Initial reports in the Statesman Journal newspaper described the gunman as 80. Thomson did not confirm that and said he had no information about the type of firearms the man used or how many shots were fired.
Sheriff’s deputies responded earlier Monday to 911 calls that described a man walking through the park, randomly shooting at people and RVs. Deputies spotted the man “perched behind a picnic table on a small hill” in the park, Thomson said.
The gunman opened fire at deputies and one deputy returned fire, the spokesman said. Two state police troopers were fired on by the gunman and both returned fire, Thomson said.
The gunman “was hit by at least one law enforcement round,” the spokesman said.
Police from Keizer will head the investigation into the shooting, Thomson said.
Jennifer Mead, who lives in the park, told the Statesman Journal she thought someone was banging on a vehicle, and then she a saw a man with a gun outside her window.
“I saw him flip a picnic table, then he flipped it upright, then sat down like he was waiting for something,” Mead said. Soon, she heard more shots.
The RV park is about 14 miles east of Salem in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
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