SALEM – A deputy shot in a rural area east of Salem Friday has been released from the hospital, police said.
Deputy Jim Buchholz, a 9-year veteran with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, was shot Friday evening while looking for a suspected car thief near 117th Avenue Northeast and Sunnyview Road Northeast, said Sgt. Chris Baldridge with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Buchholz was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University and the suspect was in custody after getting shot in a standoff with deputies, Baldridge said.
"We are wishing Jim a speedy and healthy recovery and would like to thank our community for their overwhelming support of Deputy Buchholz throughout this difficult situation," Sheriff Jason Myers said Monday, after Buchholz returned home from the hospital.
It all started Friday morning around 9 a.m. when Silverton police were chasing the suspected car thief through a remote area between Silverton and Salem. Police called Marion County Deputies to assist after losing the driver on winding rural country roads.
Deputies then spotted the stolen vehicle in a field near a Christmas tree farm. Witnesses reported seeing a man with multiple guns take off on foot from the vehicle.
Authorities searched the area for several hours and were getting ready to leave when Buchholz came upon the suspect and tried to arrest him.
After an exchange of gunfire, Buchholz was hit in the leg. He then retreated to his vehicle to treat his wound with a first aid kit and radioed for help, Baldridge said.
Police scanners immediately came alive with reports of the shooting, and authorities from multiple agencies descended on the scene.
The suspect, whom authorities have not named, surrendered after getting shot in a standoff with other law enforcement officers. He was taken in an ambulance to the hospital.
"It's one of the few times the hair stands up on the back of your neck," Baldridge said at the scene of the shooting Friday night. "Those are the times you really rely on your training and you dig into that deep place and respond for your friends."
"I'm very proud of Deputy Buchholz actions in this very dangerous situation," said Sheriff Jason Myers in a statement Saturday. "Buchholz demonstrated quick thinking and heroic actions which saved his life and the lives of other responding law enforcement officers."