Search continues for Waldport shooter

Search continues for Waldport shooter

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on January 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

LINCOLN CITY, Ore. -- Nearly one year after a Lincoln City police officer was shot while on duty, the suspect is still at large and police said they still receive tips every month that help with the search.

Officer Steven Dodds was shot during a traffic stop on January 23, 2011. He stopped a vehicle on Highway 101 for speeding when the driver, later identified as David Durham, shot him and continued shooting at bystanders as he fled the scene southbound on Highway 101.

"Durham is suspected of shooting at nine other people besides Officer Dodds," said Lt. Jerry Palmer with the Lincoln City Police Dept. "An extensive manhunt was conducted with the help of numerous agencies, but Durham has never been found."

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Dodds suffered life-threatening injuries, but recently returned to his patrol duties.

"Officer Dodds has worked tirelessly to recover and get back on patrol, performing the duties and doing the work he loves serving the Lincoln City community," "He has been recognized for his valor and courage by several organizations, including receiving the Purple Heart from the Oregon Peace Officers Association."

Palmer said police still receive tips every month, but have no confirmed sightings of the suspect.

"There has not been one confirmed sighting of David Durham since January 24, 2011, when he was last seen running up the beach towards the Bay Shore subdivision in Waldport," he said.

Investigators said they were still hopeful that Durham would be located. They asked anyone who sees Durham or has information on his whereabouts to contact Lincoln City police at (541) 994-3636. Anonymous tips can also be left with the FBI or a caller's local police agency.

"LCPD, OSP and the FBI continue the investigation and all three agencies followed up on separate tips this past week," Palmer said. "The FBI has a $10,000 reward posted for information leading to Durham’s arrest."

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