Police: Man armed with handgun shot by officer

Police: Man armed with handgun shot by officer

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A police officer shot a man armed with a handgun Tuesday night.

The suspect - 41-year-old Brian Douglas Walker - was taken to the hospital for treatment, where he was in critical condition Wednesday.

Walker is under police guard at the hospital. He may face criminal charges, although police have not yet completed their investigation, Chief Tim Doney said.

No officers were injured.

The officer who shot Walker is a 10-year police veteran. The officer was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a deadly force investigation. That is standard procedure in Oregon.

The incident started 7:17 p.m. with a report of a man with a gun to his head, Springfield Police said.

While officers were en route to the scene, dispatchers relayed reports that the man had menaced at least one woman with the gun and may have fired a round in the front yard as the other people in the C Street residence ran away.

Officers arrived on scene and started interviewing witnesses and setting up a perimeter.

The suspect emerged from the back door of the duplex and was confronted and challenged by an officer, police said.

During this confrontation, the officer shot the suspect. The officer then provided first aid until medics arrived.

Oregon law requires the Interagency Deadly Force Investigations Team to review the incident and forward its findings to the district attorney, who determines whether or not the shooting is justified.

If anyone has any additional information they are asked to call the Springfield Police Department at (541) 726-3714.