Wild police chase leads to officer involved shooting of carjacking suspect
Written by Press Release on July 21, 2023
Douglas County, Ore., — On July 21, 2023 at approximately 7:38 am, Oregon State Police (OSP) initiated a pursuit with a Ford F250 that had been stolen during a violent robbery and burglary in Everett, Washington. The F250 entered the Roseburg area where it went the wrong way on Interstate 5 and then into the City of Roseburg. The male and female occupants of the F250 stopped in the area of Fulton St. in Roseburg, where they forcefully stole a Toyota Rav4 from an elderly female who was driving by.
OSP located the stolen Rav4 fleeing south through Roseburg. The vehicle fled out of the City, and eventually to the area of the Melrose Store. The Rav4 struck an OSP vehicle at this location, and then fled southbound.
The male occupant forcefully carjacked a Subaru car just south of the Melrose Store. During this carjacking, the male suspect ran over the owner of the Subaru, who sustained non-life threatening injuries. After running over the Subaru owner, the male suspect rammed a Douglas County Sheriff (DCSO) Deputy’s patrol vehicle. The male suspect sustained two gunshot wounds from DCSO Deputies at this time. The male suspect was taken into custody, provided with immediate first aid, and transported to Mercy Medical Center.
The female suspect continued fleeing southbound in the stolen Rav4; she was apprehended in the 8400 block of Lookingglass Road without incident after attempting to enter an occupied residence, and was transported to Mercy as a precaution for a report of Fentanyl use.
It was later learned that both male and female suspects had active warrants for Escape out of Washington. No Law Enforcement were injured during this incident. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated, and Roseburg Police will lead the investigation of the Officer Involved Shooting.
No further information will be released at this time, as this is an active investigation.