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Man shot by police, arrested in Albany after car chase with Oregon State troopers, Linn County deputies

The suspect was initially taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Albany police reported, and later jail. No law enforcement members were hurt.

ALBANY, Ore. — A man was shot Monday morning in Albany after a car chase with Oregon State Police troopers and Linn County Sheriff's Office deputies, OSP reported. Albany police said the man's injuries were not life-threatening, and he was arrested on multiple charges.

Albany police identified the man as Steven Anthony Schmidt-Shelton, 40, and said he's charged with Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Reckless Endangering, Reckless Driving and Failure to Perform Duties of a Driver.

OSP said Monday that troopers started assisting Linn County deputies in a vehicle pursuit of a person around 11:45 a.m. The chase ended in Albany, near the Pacific Boulevard Southeast underpass where Southwest Lyon Street and 9th Avenue meet. After the chase ended, the person was shot.

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A person was shot by law enforcement in Albany, Ore. on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023 after a car chase with Oregon State Police and the Linn County Sheriff's Office.

Albany police said Tuesday that the chase began when Corvallis Police Officers attempted to stop the vehicle on Peoria Road about a mile south of Highway 34. The driver didn't stop and fired multiple gunshots at the police vehicles, Albany police said.

OSP troopers and Linn County deputies joined the pursuit on Highway 99E, and Albany police deployed spike strips as the pursuit approached, causing the suspect vehicle to lose two tires and slow down. OSP troopers used a "forcible stopping technique" to end the pursuit, Albany police said.

Troopers fired their guns during the subsequent incident, OSP confirmed Monday. An OSP spokesperson said they could not confirm whether shots were fired by Linn County deputies.

The Tuesday news release from Albany police did not clarify any further details about the police shooting incident, but said the suspect was apprehended and taken to a hospital, then later booked in jail.

No law enforcement personnel were hurt during the chase or shooting incident, OSP and Albany police both said.

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