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David Anthony Durham, 43, seen here in a driver's license photograph, is the registered owner of the truck involved in a Lincoln City shooting. - Oregon State Police

Police seek owner of vehicle linked to Lincoln City shooting

WALDPORT — Authorities searched a coastal town Monday for a man suspected of shooting and wounding a Lincoln City police officer during a traffic stop late Sunday, state police said today.

Roads around Waldport, about 150 miles southwest of Portland, were closed after the shooting, and classes at schools in the area were called off. Police have advised residents to call 9-1-1 immediately if they see anyone suspicious.

Officer Steven Dodds, 45, a six-year veteran of the Lincoln City Police Department, remains in critical condition after undergoing surgery at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland. He was shot multiple times after he pulled over a 1984 Dodge pickup for speeding about 11 p.m. Sunday.

After the officer was shot, the truck took off south on U.S. 101. It was spotted by Newport police, and several shots were fired at officers in the chase. None was hit.

The truck was stopped by spike strips about 11:30 p.m. on the highway at Waldport, about 40 miles south of Lincoln City. The driver fled into a wooded area.

Lt. Gregg Hastings, a state police spokesman, said investigators are trying to locate and interview the registered owner of the vehicle: David Anthony Durham, 43, who is described as white male, about 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds.

Police released the vehicle owner's name and photograph to help confirm he is safe and to interview him to learn if he has information to help identify and locate the suspect, Hastings said.

U.S. 101 was reopened shortly after 8 a.m. today but access was restricted to streets around the scenic Waldport Bridge.

— Associated Press

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