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Officer injured in shootout, teen suspect wanted in connection with two shootings is killed in gunfire exchange

A juvenile died after an exchange of gunfire with Salem police.

The Oregonian


Police officers shot and killed a teen boy Wednesday afternoon in an exchange of gunfire on Salem’s east side, according to police and news reports.

An officer was also shot and is expected to recover.

Detectives and a tactical team arrived in the 4900 block of Oak Park Drive NE at around 5 p.m. Wednesday, police say. They had a warrant to arrest the teen, who was wanted for his alleged involvement in two shootings — one at the Salem Center Mall in March and the other in downtown Salem in June, police say.

When the police approached, the suspect pulled out a gun, leading to the exchange of gunfire, according to police. The juvenile, whose name has not been publicly released, died at the scene.

The Salem police officers involved are Brian Frazzini, Erick Hernandez, Ryan Morris and Adam Waite, each of whom has more than a dozen years of experience with the department.

The Oregon State Police will undertake an investigation of the shooting.

In the March shooting, a teen was grazed by a bullet; and in the June incident, a 20-year-old was shot in the abdomen, according to news reports. Both shootings reportedly grew out of arguments among groups of young people.

— The Oregonian/OregonLive

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