Police: Ore. officer shoots woman after I-5 chase

ALBANY -- A Springfield police officer shot a woman after a chase on Interstate 5 that ended south of Albany early Thursday morning, police said.

The woman, identified as 44-year-old Amanda Lynn Gatewood, pointed a replica handgun at the officer, according to Albany police.

The shooting occurred at a Jackson's Chevron station, located at 33157 Highway 34, around 1:30 a.m.

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The incident began when the Springfield officer tried to stop a driver in a stolen Suzuki Vitara. The driver, later identified as Gatewood, headed north on I-5.

State police and Linn County sheriff's deputies joined the chase. They tried to stop Gatewood with spike strips and by using maneuvers to try and force her vehicle to spin out.

Police said the Gatewood headed west on Highway 34 and stopped at the Chevron station, where police said she got out of the vehicle and ran toward the store entrance.

That's when police said Gatewood pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officer, who shot her. It's unclear how many shots were fired.

Gatewood had a replica of a 1911 semi-automatic handgun, police said. She was taken to a Corvallis hospital in critical condition.

Police said store surveillance video was helping their investigation.

The Springfield police officer's name has not been released.


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