Teen Suspect Killed Following Pursuit

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Preliminary information from investigators indicates deputies from the Polk County Sheriff's Office were notified of an armed carjacking and robbery that occurred around 4:00 a.m., in the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Silverton Road and Lancaster Drive NE in Salem. 

A black, 2015 Toyota Corolla, was reported 'car-jacked' at that location and the suspect was reported to have possessed a weapon. 

Polk County deputies located the vehicle and a pursuit ensued, ending on Highway 18 near milepost 23. As deputies attempted to take the subject, a 17-year-old juvenile male from Silverton, into custody, shots were fired and the subject died at the scene. 

Investigators recovered a weapon from the shooting at the scene. 

The names of the involved officers and of the deceased juvenile are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

Highway 18 was closed for several hours. There was a detour, but it caused long delays.


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