SISTERS — A man who pulled a gun on state troopers after a traffic stop in central Oregon is dead after two troopers opened fire, police said. The gunfire came just a day after a motorist died in another part of Oregon after a shootout with a trooper.
The latest case began just before noon Friday when a trooper stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 20 near Sisters after a driving complaint, police said in a statement. The driver pulled a handgun on the trooper, then drove off.
Troopers forced the man to stop again, this time between two patrol cars on a gravel road just off the highway.
When he showed the pistol again, two troopers fired, police said.
The driver was found dead inside his car. Police said it was too early to confirm that the driver died of the troopers' gunshots. The troopers were not hurt.
Authorities did not immediately identify the troopers or the man who died.
The troopers who fired were a 42-year-old major who has been with the state police for 21 years and a 43-year-old senior trooper who has been with the agency for 14 years, police said. They were placed on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.
On Thursday, a motorist with his three children in the car fired at a trooper along Interstate 84 near The Dalles in northern Oregon, officials said. The trooper was wounded and his assailant died from the trooper's bullet.
State police said Trooper Matthew Zistel, 26, out of The Dalles, was treated at a hospital for a minor gunshot wound and released.
The dead man was identified as John Van Allen II, 34, who recently was living in the Portland area but had previous addresses in South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
His three children — a 10-year-old girl, and two boys ages 13 and 15 — were in the car with him. They have been placed in state custody.
An autopsy Friday concluded Allen died from a single gunshot wound to the chest, which was fired by the trooper, state police said.
Zistel was patrolling a construction zone along I-84 on Thursday when he stopped Allen's vehicle for speeding, state police said.
As Zistel got out of his patrol car, Allen got out of his vehicle and shot at Zistel with a pistol.
Zistel fired back with his pistol, and Allen drove off, police said. Police found Allen's car pulled over a half mile down the highway. He died at the scene.
State police said in a statement that a multiagency investigation has begun into both shootings.