SALEM, Ore. — Salem police shot and killed a juvenile shooting suspect they were trying to arrest Wednesday evening and during an exchange of gunfire with the suspect, one officer was wounded, the Salem Police Department said.
The officer was taken to Salem Health and was expected to make a full recovery, police said.
Police were trying to arrest the suspect in a March 18 shooting near the Salem Center Mall. In that shooting, a teenage boy was shot and wounded. The shooting that day brought a lot of police to the mall and the surrounding area.
The suspect was also wanted for a June 13 shooting in the parking lot next to Columbia Bank, police said.
On Wednesday, around 5 p.m., police said they were trying to arrest the shooting suspect, who they only identified as a juvenile male, in the 4900 block of Oak Park Drive NE. Officers had found him in a parked car and when they tried to contact him, police said he drew a gun. An exchange of gunfire occurred and the suspect died at the scene, police said.
The Salem Police Department identified the officers involved in the shooting as Brian Frazzini, Erick Hernandez, Ryan Morris, and Adam Waite.
The officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for police shootings.
Oregon State Police will lead the investigation.
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