UPDATE (11:55 A.M.): Springfield Police say they pursued a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara northbound on I-5 from Springfield. The Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit during which spike strips were used.
Police say the vehicle exited I-5 and headed west on Highway 34 before it stopped at the entrance to the Chevron station. Police say the driver, 44-year-old Amanda Lynn Gatewood, of Springfield, ran toward the store entrance. The driver was shot after she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers. A replica of a 1911 semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.
Gatewood was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis in critical condition.
ALBANY, Ore. — Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting at a gas station outside Albany.
Multiple agencies responded, and the Springfield Police Department is saying at least one of their own officers was involved.
Business is back to normal at the Jackson’s Chevron gas station at 33157 Highway 34 near I-5, but this wasn’t the case for several hours Thursday morning as police were investigating this officer-involved shooting.
The entire gas station was cordoned off with crime scene tape from after 3 a.m. until about 8:30 a.m. All we know is that a Springfield officer was involved and witnesses are saying this incident is a result of a high speed chase out of the Springfield area.
Employees at the neighboring Shell gas station say this was the scene when they came to work. They say it wasn’t just customers asking them questions but police too.
“They were just sweeping the parking lot looking for bullets on the ground. I asked one of the police officers if that’s what they were doing and they said yeah. It’s kind of scary,” said Tiana Scott, gas station employee.
“Never anything like this before. No. I mean there are car crashes all the time, and that’s pretty normal here next to the freeway, but never anything like this,” said Justin Tepper, gas station employee.
The suspect’s car is registered to an elderly couple in Springfield, but we are still looking into the connection there.
Witnesses say they saw the car being towed away from the scene.
Albany police are expected to share more information soon.
We’ll have an update as more information becomes available.