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State police to question Morrow County deputy who shot man

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on September 25, 2017 7:08PM

Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson said the sheriff’s deputy who shot a man early Friday is about to undergo two days of police interviews.

Nelson also said revealing the deputy’s identity would wait until the investigation is complete.

The shooting occurred after the deputy stopped Friday at about 1:50 a.m. for a disabled vehicle on the westbound side of Interstate 84 near exit 164 for Boardman, according to Oregon State Police, the lead agency investigating the shooting. The deputy encountered Efren Hurtado Jr., 26, of Boardman, who had a firearm, according to police.

State police have not specified if the two exchanged gunfire or if the deputy was the only shooter.

Nelson said Oregon State Police detective Michael Wolf out of the Pendleton office is heading up the investigation,

“His next step is to interview the deputy,” Nelson said. “The plan for the next two days is for him to be interviewed.”

Wolf reviewed the deputy’s body camera footage from the shooting, Nelson said, and he likely has to interview officers that responded to the shooting and watch their body cam footage as well. Police also obtained a warrant to search the suspect’s vehicle, and the state police crime lab is processing evidence from that scene,

Nelson said as far as he knows police have not interviewed Hurtado, who remains in a Portland hospital. Nelson said he did not know his condition.

While Hurtado made some statements in the ambulance, Nelson said, those might have been gibberish, and even now he may not be in a condition to talk about what happened.

Nelson added there’s no way to put on a deadline to complete the investigation, and state police have not provided an estimate. He also said he has not decided if he would release the body cam footage with the deputy’s name or make it available for public records requests.


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