ASTORIA -- Officers seized an assault rifle, ammunition and a blood-soaked handgun during the probe that followed a police shooting in Astoria, said Deputy Chief Brad Johnston.
Officers also seized what Johnston described as military-type ammunition for the assault rifle, and found evidence someone was making a silencer. Both items were being investigated for possible violations of federal firearms laws, he said.
This investigation followed a shootout Sunday at the Lamplighter Motel in Astoria. The suspect was shot twice but initially escaped. He was captured about eight miles away after police chased down his car along Highway 101,
Johnston explained that investigators believe they know the identity of the suspect but were not releasing it at this time, due to security reasons. He would only say that it appeared the man was from Washougal, Wash.
The suspect was taken to a Portland hospital after treatment at Columbia General. His condition was described as stable on Tuesday, Johnston said.
Suspicious activity at motel sparked investigation
Officers were initially called to the motel on West Marine Drive on reports of suspicious activity.
Three officers approached a motel room door, Marquis said. They asked the man to come out and shots rang out. It's not certain whether the man fired the shots before opening the door, or as he bolted, according to Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis.
Two officers returned fire. The third, a recruit just seven weeks out of the academy, did not fire a weapon. All three have been placed on administrative leave, Marquis said.
Further interviews of the officers involved and further forensic testing will attempt to determine if the suspect fired his weapon. If the suspect did not fire his weapon the charges against him will likely not include attempted murder but will still include numerous felonies, Johnston said.
The suspect was able to get to his vehicle and fled from officers, leading them on a chase south on U.S. 101 and east onto U.S. 26, where the chase ended after about eight miles, Astoria police said.
Background:Man shot by police in Astoria