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OSP shooting on I-5 investigated

An Oregon State Police trooper is on paid administrative leave and a man allegedly armed with knives is in the hospital after being shot Sunday by the officer.

At 3:16 p.m. Sunday, the trooper pursued a vehicle on southbound Interstate 5 at mile marker 53 — about two miles south of Grants Pass — at speeds greater than 120 mph, according to a press release issued by Medford police, the lead investigating agency in the OSP shooting investigation.

The suspect collided with another vehicle on the freeway, disabling his vehicle. The motorist he hit was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for minor injuries.

The suspect was armed with knives in both hands when he exited the vehicle and allegedly walked toward the trooper, police said.

“The suspect was given several commands to stop and continued to approach the officer in an aggressive manner and was subsequently shot at close distance,” the press release stated.

Paramedics transported the man to a nearby hospital. He was still in the hospital Monday being treated for his injuries.

The southbound lanes on I-5 were closed for about three hours during the shooting investigation Sunday, prompting detours between Grants Pass and Rogue River.

Police and ODOT closed the northbound lanes Sunday at about 4 p.m. for about an hour after a semitrailer collided with an unoccupied Rogue River police cruiser, according to the release.

Medford police will refer findings from the investigation to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office, and the suspect will be identified when he is released from the hospital, police said.

Anyone with information was asked to call Medford police at 541-770-4783.

The trooper will be identified after a grand jury determines whether the use of force was justified, police said.