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Salem Police Officers Involved in Non-Fatal Shooting

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: October 20th, 2012 6:44 PM

A Salem Police Officer shot and killed a pit bull as it attacked him, and another person who jumped into the middle of the attack was also struck, receiving a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

The incident occurred at 2020 Park Ave NE in Salem at approximately 3:23 pm on October 20.
Salem Police Officers Darren Buchholz and Travis Brossard were in the residence speaking with people when they were attacked by a pit bull. Officer Buchholz attempted to push the dog away, and when the dog continued to attack he drew his firearm and shot at the dog in self defense.

As Officer Buchholz was firing at the pit bull, 38-year old Steven Deleon jumped in, apparently trying to intervene in the situation. Deleon was struck by a gunshot in the foot and was transported to Salem Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers Buchholz and Brossard are not injured and will both be placed on administrative leave as is standard procedure while the incident is being investigated.

The Oregon State Police will be coordinating and conducting this investigation. This is standard procedure for the Salem Police Department to request the Oregon State Police conduct an independent investigation of incidents of this nature.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.

Further media releases will be coordinated through the Oregon State Police.

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