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Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting in Coos Bay

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COOS BAY, Ore. – A suspect in connection to the murder of a Coos Bay woman is dead following an officer-involved shooting, according to the Coos County District Attorney.

This happened at 7:34 p.m. Tuesday night at the Global Inn in Coos Bay. 

On Tuesday afternoon, officers investigating the murder of Amber Townsend identified Coos Bay resident Matthew Tyler Mikel, 37, as a potential suspect in the shooting, the district attorney said.

Officers discovered Mikel was staying at the Global Inn and arrived to confront him. The district attorney said an altercation broke out upon confronting Mikel. An officer from the Coos County Sheriff’s Office and an officer from the Coos Bay Police Department fired their handguns during the altercation, hitting Mikel at least once.

Mikel was sent to the hospital and was later declared deceased.

There are multiple agencies working on the investigation including North Bend Police Department, Coquille Police Department, Myrtle Point Police Department, Bandon Police Department, the Confederated Tribal Police, Coquille Tribal Police, Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement, the Oregon State Police, the Coos County Medical Examiner’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and detectives from Springfield and Roseburg. Oregon State Police is the lead agency on the case.

Due to Coos County’s officer-involved shooting protocol, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office and Coos Bay Police will not be part of the investigation into this incident.

The Coos County District Attorney said a press briefing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday regarding this incident. Officials will not be making any other comments to the press prior to that time.

This is a developing news story.


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