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Linn County Major Crime Team Activated Following Officer Involved Shooting - 08/28/14
The Linn County Major Crime Team, in conjunction with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, has been activated to investigate an officer involved shooting by a Springfield Police Officer. The shooting took place at the Jackson's Chevron station located at 33157 Highway 34 in Linn County on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at about 1:30 a.m. following a vehicle pursuit.

Springfield Police pursued a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara northbound on I-5 from Springfield. The Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff's Office assisted in the pursuit during which spike strips and P.I.T. (pursuit intervention technique) were used.

The vehicle exited I-5 and headed west on Highway 34 before it stopped at the entrance to the Chevron station. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, ran towards the store entrance. The driver was shot after she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers. A replica of a 1911 semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene. Store surveillance video is aiding this investigation.

The driver, identified as 44-year-old Springfield resident Amanda Lynn Gatewood was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis in critical condition.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

Albany Officer Fires Duty Weapon - 08/17/14
On Saturday, August 16, 2014, at approximately 11:53 p.m., two Albany Police Officers contacted the occupant of a vehicle in the parking lot of the Walmart store located at 1330 SE Goldfish Farm Road. During the course of the contact one of the officers fired their duty weapon. No one was injured during this incident.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Linn County District Attorney's Office, is investigating the incident.

The officer who fired their weapon is identified as Felicia Sloan who has been with the Albany Police Department for 8 months. Officer Sloan will be on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Police Ask for Public Help In Locating Missing Albany Man (Photo) - 08/15/14
The Albany Police Department is asking the public for help in locating 43-year-old Albany resident Yevgeniy Leonidovich Ilnitskiy. Yevgeniy Ilnitskiy walked away from a care home in the 1100 block of SW Broadway Street in Albany on August 11, 2014.

Yevgeniy Ilnitskiy is described as 5'6" tall, 160 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing tan hospital pants and a blue shirt. Yevgeniy Ilnitskiy is of Ukranian descent and does not speak English. He is a prolific walker, is supposed to take medication daily, and may appear confused if contacted. It is believed he walked south from Albany.

Anyone seeing Yevgeniy Ilnitskiy is asked to call 9-1-1. Anyone with non-emergency information is asked to contact the Albany Police Department at 541-917-7680.