PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — An officer in a drug raid in Pendleton wounded an occupant of a house early Thursday.
The Oregon State Police said officers from a Pendleton SWAT team and a regional drug squad had a search warrant for the house.
During the search, a statement says, an occupant with a weapon confronted an officer, who fired.
The wounded man was reported hospitalized in stable condition, and an investigation was begun.
Here's the full news release from Oregon State Police:
At 4:00 a.m., December 6, 2012, the Pendleton SWAT team, in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Enforcement Narcotics Team, executed a search warrant on a residence located at 411 Northwest 8th Street, in Pendleton. As the warrant was being executed, an officer with the Pendleton Police Department was confronted by one of the occupants of the home who was brandishing a weapon. The officer responded by discharging his firearm. Once the threat posed by the occupant was thus minimized, officers on scene provided medical assistance to the individual who was first taken by ambulance to St. Anthony's Hospital in Pendleton, Oregon and then flown to Kadlec Hospital. The individual is currently in stable condition.
The Umatilla/Morrow Major Crimes Team is investigating the shooting. The Oregon State Police in cooperation with the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office is leading the investigation. The Umatilla/Morrow Major Crimes Team is an inter-agency team of investigators from law enforcement agencies in the two counties.
Per Pendleton Police Departmental policy and Umatilla County Deadly Physical Force protocols, the involved officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
Any further inquiry into the facts/circumstances of the described incident shall be referred to the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office. The Pendleton Police Department will not be releasing any additional information.