PORTLAND — A sheriff’s deputy shot by a suspect at a Christmas tree farm in Marion County treated his own wound before help arrived, authorities said Saturday.
Deputy Jim Buchholz, a nine-year veteran, took cover and used a medical kit as other officers responded. He was then taken by a LifeFlight helicopter to a Portland hospital, where he was in fair condition.
Investigators declined to say if the deputy was struck by more than one bullet or what part of his body was hit.
“I’m very proud of Deputy Buchholz’s actions in this very dangerous situation,” Sheriff Jason Myers said. “Deputy Buchholz demonstrated quick thinking and heroic actions, which saved his life and the lives of other responding law enforcement officers.”
The gunfire erupted Friday afternoon during the search for a man who had been driving a stolen vehicle.
After a police chase, he eluded authorities for hours and then exchanged shots with Buchholz after the deputy found him.
Another responding officer also fired at the man, whose name was not released and who’s expected to survive gunshot wounds.
An outside agency, the Salem Police Department, is investigating the incident that stretched across an entire workday on a freezing day in the Willamette Valley.
Deputies spent hours searching for the man. Buchholz eventually found him, tried to arrest him and was shot, sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Baldridge said.