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Ore. deputy wounded in shootout, in fair condition

Jim Buccholz, a 9-year veteran, initially treated his own gun shot wound as fellow officers returned fire

By Yuxing Zheng
The Oregonian

MARION COUNTY, Ore. — Authorities on Saturday named Marion County sheriff's deputy Jim Buccholz as the official injured in a shooting with an armed man Friday.

Buccholz was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon at OHSU Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. He and the suspect, who was also injured and taken to a Salem area hospital, are both expected to survive.

Deputy Jim Buchholz. (Photo courtesy Marion County sheriff's Office)
Deputy Jim Buchholz. (Photo courtesy Marion County sheriff's Office)

A Silverton Police Department officer also discharged his weapon during the incident and was placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy, said the Salem Police Department, which is leading the investigation.

Authorities did not know the type of weapon or the number of rounds discharged by Officer Jason Bricker, a four-year veteran with Silverton police.

Authorities have not released the suspect's identity.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office provided a dramatic narrative of the incident and said that Buccholz, a nine-year veteran of the sheriff's office, initially treated his own gun shot wound.

The incident started around 9 a.m. Friday when the Silverton Police Department began a pursuit of a stolen vehicle, authorities said. The suspect drove south out of Silverton into rural Marion County, and officers later terminated the search after losing sight of the vehicle.

Marion County sheriff's deputies, responding to a request for assistance, located the stolen vehicle in a field near 117th Avenue Northeast and Sunnyview Road Northeast, authorities said.

Witnesses reported seeing a male suspect fleeing the area on foot with multiple guns, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities couldn't locate the suspect after several hours of searching and prepared to leave the area when Buccholz found the suspect near a Christmas tree farm field. Buccholz attempted to arrest the suspect.

Buccholz was struck in the ensuing exchange of gunfire, authorities said. He retreated to cover, deployed a medical kit and began to treat his own wound. Other law enforcement officers arrived and exchanged additional shots. The suspects was later arrested, the sheriff's office said.

"I'm very proud of Deputy Buchholz (sic) actions in this very dangerous situation," Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers said in a press release. "Deputy Buchholz demonstrated quick thinking and heroic actions which saved his life and the lives of other responding law enforcement officers."

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