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Oregon State Trooper shot; suspect charged with Attempted Aggravated Murder

Deputies arrested Edward Paul Dungan, 30, on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. (SBG; Lane County Jail)

CRESWELL, Ore. (KVAL) - A 30-year-old man faces accusations he shot an Oregon State Police trooper Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies arrested Edward Paul Dungan, 30, on charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

He was arraigned Wednesday on those and additional charges of Attempting to Elude Police and Reckless Driving.

The trooper got shot while investigating a possible stolen car around 1:20 p.m. on Highway 99 near England Road, south of Creswell.

The trooper has been identified as Gerald Ellis, a Senior Trooper assigned to the Springfield Area Command Patrol Division. He has been with Oregon State Police for 8 years.

"As with all law enforcement involved deadly force events, we are unable to provide further details while the Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team investigates the incident," the Lane County Sheriff's Office said. "Any future information will come from the District Attorney’s Office at the conclusion of the investigation."

Deadly Force Investigations

Investigations into the use of deadly force by law enforcement in Oregon are governed under Senate Bill 111, passed by the 2007 Oregon Legislature.

Lane County adopted guidelines under the law in 2008.

After a law enforcement officer uses deadly force, the county's Interagency Deadly Force Investigation Team must follow the state-approved protocols.

At a minimum that includes:

  • Conducting eyewitness interviews
  • Collecting evidence
  • Documenting the scene
  • Performing background interviews with the officers involved.

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