Footage shows Ore. police pursuit, shootout, child rescue that left trooper hurt

State and local police pursued a man who had taken a child from his home and fired repeatedly on law enforcement vehicles with an AR-15-style gun


Jim Ryan
The Oregonian

KLAMATH COUNTY — The Oregon State Police on Wednesday released dramatic footage of a pursuit and shootout that left a trooper hurt last month in Klamath County.

The April 10 footage shows authorities chasing a driver, who eventually gets out of his car and opens fire on law enforcement officers. Bullets hit a trooper’s patrol car, and the trooper can be seen returning fire.

The footage later shows a law enforcement officer carrying a young child away from the man’s car. The child, 6, was not physically hurt.

 
Oregon State Police Releases Photos & Video from April 10, 2020 Officer-Involved-Shooting and Praise the Heroic Efforts of all Involved - Klamath County

The Oregon State Police looks forward to welcoming our Troopers involved in this incident back to work, including our Trooper that was wounded in the gunfire exchange. The released in-car and body camera from involved OSP members underscores the dangers faced by officers as they patrol our communities. “I don’t think I’m alone when I admit my heart skipped a beat when I first viewed this video,” said Oregon State Superintendent Travis Hampton. “I credit the professionalism and remarkable bravery of the Oregon State Police Troopers and Klamath County Deputy Sheriffs that brought this violent event to end.” The Oregon State Police would like to thank the community of Klamath Falls for the outpouring of support, especially the medical professionals that cared for our injured Trooper. The OSP office in Klamath Falls typifies the dedication and professionalism exhibited by the men and women of the agency- sparsely assigned to communities all over Oregon.

Posted by Oregon State Police on Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The incident unfolded after Klamath County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported domestic disturbance. An initial report indicated an intoxicated man was trying to take his children, according to county District Attorney Eve Costello.

Costello said the man had left by the time deputies arrived, but authorities tried to track him down.

A state police trooper spotted the man’s car a short while later and started pursuing him, Costello said. The state police and local sheriff’s office chased him, Costello said, and deputies deployed a spike strip on U.S. 97.

The driver was brought to a stop on Wocus Road. He got out of his car and started firing shots at law enforcement officers, who returned fire, Costello said.

Trooper Kameron Gordon was injured. The man, identified as Matthew Brennon Goff, died at the scene.

Goff fired at least 36 rounds into three occupied law enforcement vehicles, according to a letter from a grand jury. He had an AR-15-style gun, 10 fully loaded magazines and over 250 rounds of ammunition.

The grand jury ruled the deadly force used by a trooper and deputy was justified.

“I don’t think I’m alone when I admit my heart skipped a beat when I first viewed this video,” Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton said in a statement. “I credit the professionalism and remarkable bravery of the Oregon State Police Troopers and Klamath County Deputy Sheriffs that brought this violent event to end.”

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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