A Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy shot a man Wednesday morning who authorities say pointed a rifle at deputies.

According to a press release issued by the sheriff’s office, its dispatch center in Salem received a report at about 7:30 a.m. Sept. 1 of an armed person walking around with a rifle in the area of Southwest 82nd and Southwest Abalone streets.

Deputies arrived about 20 minutes later and encountered a person with a rifle. After ignoring repeated commands to drop his weapon, the man pointed his rifle at deputies, and one of the officers shot him, the press release said.

The man was taken via helicopter to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Corvallis. He was last reported as being in stable condition.

The sheriff’s office said the names of the man and deputies involved would be released at a later time, along with more information regarding the investigation. The Oregon State Police is the lead agency.

No deputies were injured, and those involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is customary in police shootings, the sheriff’s office said. “The purpose of the leave is to relieve the deputies from further patrol duties while deputies cope with emotional stress of having been involved in a critical situation, and to permit time for an objective investigation into the incident,” the office’s press release reads.

About three hours after the shooting, the Lincoln County Major Crime Team was still on the scene, with vehicles blocking the entrance to Abalone from 82nd Street and police tape on either side of that block of Abalone. Evidence tags marked 13 shell casings on the road, and there were at least three evidence markers further south on Abalone Street. Sheriff Curtis Landers said he did not believe the man with the rifle fired any rounds at deputies.

That afternoon, authorities opened up Abalone Street, but a house on the northeast corner remained cordoned off by yellow tape at the driveway entrance as police awaited a search warrant for the premises.

Landers said the last time a Lincoln County deputy shot a subject was prior to his tenure as sheriff. The last police-involved shooting in Lincoln County occurred in April 2020, when Lincoln City police shot and killed a man outside a Rite Aid store after he lunged at an officer with a knife. Then Lincoln County District Attorney Jonathan Cable found that shooting was justified.

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