Officer shot during Salem traffic stop, suspect taken into custody

Police in Salem search for a suspect who they say shot a police officer during a traffic stop and then fled the scene Tuesday night, May 14, 2019. KATU photo

A Salem police officer was shot and wounded while conducting a traffic stop Tuesday night, police said.

The officer was taken to the hospital. As of 2:25 a.m., the officer had been released after receiving treatment for several gunshot wounds.

Police said after the driver shot the officer, the suspect fled the scene. Officers found the vehicle abandoned.

The suspect was taken into custody early Wednesday morning.

The police officer who was shot pulled the suspect over at about 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of Highland Avenue NE, police said.

Police, using a K-9, are searching a 10-block area near Broadway Avenue NE and Locust Street NE. After more than four hours of searching with the K-9, police say the suspect remains at large and decided to suspend the tactical search for the suspect.

Detectives are now investigating the crime scenes.

Police asked residents to stay inside during the search.

The shooting happened near Highland Elementary School. Early Wednesday morning, the Salem-Keizer School District tweeted the school would be closed Wednesday due to the situation. As well has canceling classes, the district said there would be no buses, preschool and after-school care.

Salem-Keizer School District released the following statement:

"Due to the emergency situation last night involving the Salem Police Department, we cannot open school on Wednesday, May 15. There will be no buses, pre-school, classes, or after-school care. The campus is closed to employees, and our Office of Human Resources will follow up about next steps. Safety is always our most important priority, and we must follow the direction of the police department at this time. We apologize that we cannot allow our school to open, and we appreciate your flexibility as we receive additional direction from law enforcement. If you have any questions, please call the elementary level office at 503-399-3000."

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