Police say Waitsburg man allegedly shot Rainier officer, then himself
Police say a 30-year-old man from Waitsburg, Washington allegedly shot and wounded a Rainier, Oregon police officer during a traffic stop Monday and then killed himself later in the day.
Oregon State Police say Christopher Elliot had no outstanding warrants. Investigators don't know right now why he opened fire on 45-year-old Officer Russ George, who was hit in the right hand. The bullet went through his hand and hit him in the chest, but it was stopped by his bullet proof vest.
The Oregon state medical examiner says Elliot died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
George, another another reserve officer, pulled Elliot over on Highway 30 at about 12:30 p.m. Monday after receiving complaints. Elliot shot George as he approached the car.
After the shooting, Elliot sped away and a chase ensued. George, with the reserve officer, drove himself to the hospital.
Police found Elliot's car near Clatskanie, about 18 miles away from where the shooting took place, at about 1 p.m. About a half hour later, police said they heard a gunshot. They set up a perimeter and waited for additional police officers to arrive.
Police searched the area and found Elliot's body near a barn about 5 p.m. The Oregon State Police says a handgun was found near Elliot's body.