ST. HELENS, Ore. — Oregon State Police (OSP) identified the trooper who was seriously injured after he was hit by a suspect's car as John Jeffries. He is currently in critical condition, OSP reported.
Jeffries has been with OSP since March 2021, following his retirement from the FBI after 20 years. Jeffries has lived in Portland the past 25 years with his wife and two sons.
All lanes of Highway 30, northwest of St. Helens, were closed after the suspect hit Jeffries when they rammed their car into Jeffries' patrol vehicle on Thursday afternoon.
An investigation is being handled by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
The extent and severity of Jeffries' injuries are still being determined, according to a news release from OSP on Nov. 13.
“All Troopers recognize the risk we face each time we don our uniforms and report for duty, but accepting that risk does not make the fight Trooper Jeffries is currently battling any easier," said Terri Davies, superintendent of OSP. "As minutes, hours and days go by, our prayers and support are with Trooper Jeffries and his family.”
A donation site has been set up to aid Jeffries' family at this time. You can donate here.