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Police officer shoots armed driver

PORTLAND — Oregon State Police say a Reedsport police officer shot and critically wounded the armed driver of a station wagon that caught fire on U.S. Highway 101 on the Oregon coast near Winchester Bay.

State police Lt. Josh Brooks says the wounded man was reported to be armed with a handgun. The unidentified man was taken Tuesday morning to a Reedsport hospital. The officer who fired was not hurt. He has not been identified either.

Brooks says police believe the Subaru station wagon had been the subject of multiple driving complaints before it caught fire.

The Reedsport officer, two Douglas County sheriff's deputies and a state Justice Department investigator had arrived at the scene after a school bus driver spotted the vehicle fire, stopped to assist the driver, then backed away and called for help when he saw the man had a gun.

There were no children on the school bus.

The shooting is under investigation.

Oregon State Police troopers direct motorists to turn around at Winchester Bay and head back south on U.S. Highway 101 Tuesday after a car caught fire and an officer shot and wounded the car's driver. The World / Lou Sennick