Armed man fatally shot by Salem officer

Armed man fatally shot by Salem officer

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Armed man fatally shot by Salem officer

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by Jeff Thompson and Sara Roth, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 11:33 AM

SALEM -- A man brandishing a knife was fatlly shot by a Salem police officer Wednesday morning.

Just after 7 a.m., Salem police officer David Baker responded to a 911 domestic violence call involving someone armed with a knife at 4792 Lancaster Drive NE, according to Marion County Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen.   

Officer Baker was confronted by Michael Conley, 47, armed with a knife.

"Officer Baker ordered Conley to put the knife down and was subsequently shot by the officer as he rushed towards him with the knife," Queen said.  

Conley was hit at least one time in the head. Officers administered aid to Conley until medical support arrived, and he was taken to Salem Hospital, Queen said.

Conley died in the hospital late Wednesday night, according to Queen.

Conley's wife was not injured during the altercation with her husband or subsequent shooting. 

"Officer Baker was not injured in the incident and will be placed on administrative leave, a common procedure following an officer-involved shooting," Queen said.

An investigation was ongoing and witnesses were being interviewed. Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

 

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