Cave Junction resident killed in confrontation with sheriff's deputies

A Cave Junction man died Saturday night when shot by Josephine County sheriff's deputies after he reportedly rammed a patrol car with his pickup and fled a traffic stop, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, two Josephine County deputies attempted to stop Walter Phillips, 46, for a traffic violation near the intersection of Redwood Highway and Caves Highway, according to the release.

The deputies turned on the patrol car's overhead lights but Phillips refused to pull over, speeding southbound down Caves Highway.

The deputies then activated sirens and lights and pursued Phillips, who turned onto Holland Loop.

Phillips skid to a stop around the 9000 block of Holland Loop, threw his truck into reverse, and rammed into the patrol car, according to the release.

In an attempt to stop him, the deputies drew their service weapons and fired, hitting Phillips.

Phillips was treated at the scene by American Medical Response, then airlifted by Mercy Flights to Providence Medford Medical Center, where he died a short time later. His next of kin has been notified.

One of the deputies sustained minor injuries, but did not require medical attention.

The Josephine County Major Crime Response Team was activated and Oregon State Police has been named as the lead investigative agency by the Josephine County district attorney.

The names of the deputies involved are being withheld at this time.

Anyone with information concerning the incident is encouraged to contact OSP Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957.

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