Wanted man found dead in pickup after confrontation with officers

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by KTVB

NWCN.com

Posted on May 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Updated Thursday, May 31 at 2:47 PM

BURNS, Ore. -- Oregon State Police are investigating the death of a wanted man Wednesday about 16 miles southeast of Burns.

Detectives say the man was found dead in a pickup on dirt driveway just east of Highway 78 in Harney County. He had a gunshot wound to the head and a rifle was lying next to him.

Law enforcement officers contacted the man earlier in the day after receiving a tip that a fugitive out of Indiana lived in the area.  As officers approached a remote residence off Taylor Road they spotted a pickup headed in the opposite direction.  The dirt road was separated by a fence.  Officers saw a rifle on a rack inside the pickup and knew the man was armed.

The pickup stopped briefly and officers attempted to make contact with the driver. Harney County Sheriff David Glerup and Sergeant Brian Needham each fired at least one round at the pickup as it fled the scene. An FBI agent with them did not shoot at the pickup.

The pickup stopped again, about a quarter mile away from the original contact spot.  It was there that the man was found with a gunshot to the head.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police didn't call the wound self-inflicted, but Hastings said it was unlikely the officers' rounds hit him.

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