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Teen suspect in Salem carjacking dies in confrontation with deputies


GRANDE RONDE, Ore. (AP) – Authorities in western Oregon say a 17-year-old boy suspected in an armed carjacking died when Polk County sheriff’s deputies attempted to take him into custody early Saturday morning.

Oregon State Police said in a news release that “shots were fired” but didn’t elaborate. No officers were injured in what police called an officer-involved shooting.

OSP Captain Bill Fugate said Polk County deputies received a report at about 4 a.m. Saturday of an armed carjacker who stole a black 2015 Toyota Corolla from a Safeway parking lot at Silverton Road and Lancaster Drive NE in Salem.

OSP said Polk County deputies spotted the vehicle and a pursuit ensued on Highway 18 that ended in Grande Ronde, about 30 miles west of the reported carjacking.

Deputies said they attempted to take the juvenile from Silverton into custody, but shots were fired and the juvenile died at the scene.

Investigators said they recovered a weapon at the shooting scene. The names of those involved are being withheld.

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