Police shoot, kill rape suspect in The Dalles

Police shoot, kill rape suspect in The Dalles

Credit: The Dalles Chronicle

A man died in The Dalles after brandishing a knife at two officers who shot him after he refused to drop it. Photo by The Dalles Chronicle

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on September 18, 2012 at 5:48 AM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 10:36 AM

THE DALLES -- A man being questioned about a reported rape was shot dead by two police officers after he came out of a bathroom brandishing a knife, according to Oregon State Police spokesman Lt. Gregg Hastings.

The incident began about 11 p.m. when police were dispatched to a rape in progress in the 700 block of Hostetler Street. When officers arrived, both the suspect and victim were at the home, said Hastings, speaking on behalf of the Wasco County district attorney's office.

The suspect, 50-year-old Gerald Arthur Stowell, Jr., initially cooperated with officers who were questioning him after the reported rape. The victim had already been taken to a hospital.

During the questioning, Stowell went into a bathroom and came out and threatened the officers with a big kitchen knife, Hastings said.

Stowell refused orders to drop the knife and was shot, Hastings said. One of the officers started CPR, which continued until paramedics arrived and took over. Stowell was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers Steven Rue, 36, and Christopher Simonds, 35, are both on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure during officer-involved shooting investigations.

The two officers were not hurt in the shooting.

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