Lincoln City Police Officer Shot, Suspect on the Loose

January 24, 2011

WALDPORT, Ore. — Lincoln County Police are looking for the suspect who shot a police officer Sunday night.

The Lincoln City police officer Steven Dodds, 45, is in critical condition after being shot during a traffic stop on the south end of Lincoln City.  Dodds stopped a 1984 Dodge sport utility vehicle for a speed violation.  During contact with the unidentified white male adult driver, Dodds was shot more than one time.  Police say Dodds did not fire any shots during the stop.  He was able to call dispatch to let them know he had been shot.  The suspect fled in the vehicle south towards Waldport.

While fleeing officers, the suspect fired several shots but no additional officers were injured.  The suspect stopped the vehicle after a spike strip was deployed and fled on foot.

Oregon State Police closed a section of Highway 101 overnight to search for the suspect.  The highway reopened Monday, just after 8:30 a.m., but OSP is cautioning drivers in the Waldport area to not pick up any hitchhikers or unknown persons seeking a ride in the area.  Anyone with information regarding suspicious activity or suspicious persons are asked to immediately call Lincoln County 911.

As a result of the police action, Waldport schools are closed Monday, and all school activities are canceled.

Police have named the owner of a truck stopped for speeding, David Anthony Durham, 43, of Portland, as a suspect in the shooting.

Durham is described as a white male, 6’3″, 185 pounds.  A picture of Durham from 2007 is below.

Investigators say Durham is believed to be with him.  “Huckleberry” is a salt-and-pepper colored Blue Healter Australian Cattle dog weighing 40 pounds.

Investigators are asking that anyone with information on Durham’s location to contact the Lincoln County Police Department at  (541) 265-4231.

Dodds was taken to North Lincoln Samaritan Hospital, then life-flighted to Portland.

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