Ore. trooper who hit robbery suspect with car ID'd
Authorities have identified an Oregon State Police trooper who struck a Montana robbery suspect with a patrol car as officers tried to arrest the man and a woman on the Oregon coast.
State police Lt. Gregg Hastings says Trooper Adam Kowing struck 30-year-old Dale Wallace with a patrol car when Wallace pointed a gun at officers last Friday in Lincoln City after being told to drop the weapon. Kowing is on paid leave while the case is investigated. He's a member of the state police SWAT team.
Wallace remains in serious condition in a Portland-area hospital. He's in custody on felony warrants issued in a Dec. 30 coin shop robbery in Butte, Mont.
Wallace's companion, 30-year-old Sara Jo Johnson, fatally shot herself in a vehicle last Friday night in Lincoln City after a several-hour standoff with law enforcement officers. An autopsy Monday by the Oregon state medical examiner's office confirmed she died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Hastings says there's no indication that any officers fired during the standoff.
Newport police are leading a multi-agency investigation in the case.
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