What happened to Amanda Gatewood

Amanda Lynn Gatewood, 44, was shot and critically injured by a Springfield police officer (unidentified at this writing) Thursday, August 28, 2014, after a car chase ended by spike strips at a Chevron station, and Gatewood pointed a pellet gun at police.  The stories, images and video below represent, as close to comprehensively as possible, all media related to the shooting.

Springfield police shoot woman at Chevron station

KOIN 6, August 28, 2014

A 44-year-old woman is in critical condition after being shot by a Springfield police officer in the early hours of Thursday.

The shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. at a Chevron station on Highway 34 in Linn County, officials said in a release, and happened after police chased a stolen car.

Amanda Gatewood

The car, a 2000 Suzuki Vitara, was chased on I-5 by Springfield police, the Oregon State Police and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. Spike strips were used along with driving techniques to stop the suspect.

The Suzuki left I-5 and headed west on Highway 34 before it stopped at the Chevron station, authorities said. The driver — the only person in the car — ran toward the store.

As she ran, authorities said she pointed a handgun at the officers, who then shot her.

Amanda Lynn Gatewood is in critical condition at a Corvallis hospital.

KOIN 6 News found Gatewood has two warrants out for her arrest in Lane County for identity theft and possession of meth and heroin.

Officials said a replica 1911 semi-automatic handgun was found at the scene, and video surveillance footage is being used in the investigation.

“All the officers know, generally speaking, is they’re in a pursuit and someone has exited and is pointing what has been described to me as an extremely realistic looking 1911-style semi automatic handgun,” Albany Police Capt. Eric Carter said.

“Generally speaking, it’s  seconds or fractions of seconds in a scenario such as this,” he said. “If someone points what by all appearances appears to be a functioning real fire arm, it’s a matter of a fraction of a second for that officer to decide is this a threat and how do I respond.”

Tiana Scott, who works at the Shell Gas station next door said she saw police detectives collecting evidence when she showed up for work.

“They were over there taking pictures and people were up on this big ladder taking pictures from the air,” she said.

The officers involved were not named at this time, and are on administrative leave – standard protocol in similar matters. The investigation continues.

Woman wounded by police in chase

The Register-Guard, August 29, 2014

A Springfield police officer shot a 44-year-old woman near Albany early Thursday morning after a chase involving an apparently stolen vehicle.

Amanda Lynn Gatewood of Springfield was in critical condition at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, police said.

Springfield police have not released the name of the officer involved. The officer is on routine paid administrative leave while the case is being investigated.

The Linn County Major Crimes Team, in conjunction with the Linn County District Attorney’s Office, is investigating the incident. Albany police is the lead agency.

At about 12:30 a.m. Thursday, a Springfield officer began to pursue a 2000 Suzuki Vitara in the Gateway area of Springfield, but the driver eluded the officer and eventually drove north on Interstate 5, police said.

With the help of Oregon State Police and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, spike strips were used during the chase, as was a technique in which an emergency vehicle struck the apparently stolen vehicle in an effort to stop it, police said.

The driver exited I-5 toward Highway 34, stopping at the entrance to a Chevron gas station, police said. The driver ran toward the store entrance and allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at police. She was then shot by the Springfield officer. No information was provided on where on her body, or how many times, she was shot.

Police said a 1911 replica semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene. Store video is being reviewed.

Springfield Sgt. Dave Lewis said Gatewood is known to the department, having had multiple contacts with the police and subsequent arrests. According to Lane County court records, Gatewood had a warrant for her arrest issued Aug. 11 for failing to appear in court.

Woman shot by Springfield police officer after I-5 car chase; investigation begins

The Oregonian, August 28, 2014

The Linn County District Attorney’s Office has begun an investigation into the shooting of a motorist by a Springfield Police officer early Thursday morning after she allegedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers.

According to a news release from Linn County, an officer from Springfield was among those involved in the pursuit of a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara early Thursday along Interstate 5, northbound from Springfield.

When the Suzuki reached the Oregon 34 exit on the freeway, it turned off and headed west toward the Jackson’s Chevron station at 33157 Oregon 34 in Linn County.

The woman driver of the Suzuki, Amanda Lynn Gatewood, 44, of Springfield,got out of the car at the gas station and ran toward the store. At some point, police said, she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at pursuing officers and the Springfield officer fired at her….Continue reading at OregonLive.com

Officer shoots woman near Hwy 34 gas station

Statesman Journal, August 28, 2014

An Oregon woman was shot by police Thursday after pointing a replica handgun at them following a car chase, authorities said.

Amanda Lynn Gatewood, 44, of Springfield was listed in critical condition at a Corvallis hospital.

Albany police Capt. Eric Carter said Gatewood was driving a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara when she led police on a chase along Interstate 5 from Springfield toward Albany, a roughly 35-mile trip. The Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit during which spike strips were deployed.

Gatewood left the freeway at about 1:30 a.m. and stopped at a Chevron gas station 4 miles south of Albany.

Gatewood got out of the car and ran toward the entrance of the store. She pointed what appeared to be a handgun at police, and was shot by an officer from the Springfield Police Department, Carter said.

Carter said the gun turned out to be a “highly realistic replica” of a semi-automatic handgun.

He declined to say how many rounds the officer fired and in which part of the body Gatewood was struck. The officer, whose name has not been released, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The Albany Police Department will lead the investigation.

Gatewood filed for bankruptcy last year while living in the Central Oregon city of Sisters. Documents show she owed thousands of dollars to medical groups, the Internal Revenue Service and others. She worked seasonally at Hoodoo Ski Resort, had no money in the bank and her major asset was a 2004 Chevy Silverado.

She was supposed to relinquish the Silverado by Jan. 1, but failed turn it over or file a written objection, according to court records. Her bankruptcy attorney, Andrew Harris of Bend, said Thursday that Gatewood “sort of disappeared” and he heard that she moved to either Portland or Springfield.

On June 26, Gatewood was stopped in Lane County, which includes Springfield, for making an unlawful turn, failing to display a license plate and driving while uninsured, records show.

Officer shoots woman at gas station near Albany

The Columbian, August 28, 2014

An Oregon woman was shot by police Thursday after pointing a replica handgun at them following a car chase, authorities said.

Amanda Lynn Gatewood, 44, of Springfield was listed in critical condition at a Corvallis hospital.

Albany police Capt. Eric Carter said Gatewood was driving a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara when she led police on a chase along Interstate 5 from Springfield toward Albany, a roughly 35-mile trip. The Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit during which spike strips were deployed.

Gatewood left the freeway at about 1:30 a.m. and stopped at a Chevron gas station 4 miles south of Albany.

Gatewood got out of the car and ran toward the entrance of the store. She pointed what appeared to be a handgun at police, and was shot by an officer from the Springfield Police Department, Carter said.

Carter said the gun turned out to be a “highly realistic replica” of a semi-automatic handgun.

He declined to say how many rounds the officer fired and in which part of the body Gatewood was struck. The officer, whose name has not been released, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The Albany Police Department will lead the investigation.

Gatewood filed for bankruptcy last year while living in the Central Oregon city of Sisters. Documents show she owed thousands of dollars to medical groups, the Internal Revenue Service and others. She worked seasonally at Hoodoo Ski Resort, had no money in the bank and her major asset was a 2004 Chevy Silverado.

She was supposed to relinquish the Silverado by Jan. 1, but failed turn it over or file a written objection, according to court records. Her bankruptcy attorney, Andrew Harris of Bend, said Thursday that Gatewood “sort of disappeared” and he heard that she moved to either Portland or Springfield.

On June 26, Gatewood was stopped in Lane County, which includes Springfield, for making an unlawful turn, failing to display a license plate and driving while uninsured, records show.

Officer shoots woman at Oregon gas station

The Seattle Times, August 28, 2014

An Oregon woman was shot by police Thursday after pointing a replica handgun at them following a car chase, authorities said.

Amanda Lynn Gatewood, 44, of Springfield was listed in critical condition at a Corvallis hospital.

Albany police Capt. Eric Carter said Gatewood was driving a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara when she led police on a chase along Interstate 5 from Springfield toward Albany, a roughly 35-mile trip. The Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff’s Office joined the pursuit during which spike strips were deployed.

Gatewood left the freeway at about 1:30 a.m. and stopped at a Chevron gas station 4 miles south of Albany.

Gatewood got out of the car and ran toward the entrance of the store. She pointed what appeared to be a handgun at police, and was shot by an officer from the Springfield Police Department, Carter said.

Carter said the gun turned out to be a “highly realistic replica” of a semi-automatic handgun.

He declined to say how many rounds the officer fired and in which part of the body Gatewood was struck. The officer, whose name has not been released, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. The Albany Police Department will lead the investigation.

Gatewood filed for bankruptcy last year while living in the Central Oregon city of Sisters. Documents show she owed thousands of dollars to medical groups, the Internal Revenue Service and others. She worked seasonally at Hoodoo Ski Resort, had no money in the bank and her major asset was a 2004 Chevy Silverado.

She was supposed to relinquish the Silverado by Jan. 1, but failed turn it over or file a written objection, according to court records. Her bankruptcy attorney, Andrew Harris of Bend, said Thursday that Gatewood “sort of disappeared” and he heard that she moved to either Portland or Springfield.

On June 26, Gatewood was stopped in Lane County, which includes Springfield, for making an unlawful turn, failing to display a license plate and driving while uninsured, records show.

Springfield officer shoots woman brandishing pellet gun

Lebanon Express, August 28, 2014

Chevron station where shooting took place

Chevron station where shooting took place

 

Staging area for police investigating Amanda Gatewood shooting

Staging area for police investigating Amanda Gatewood shooting

A suspect sped from the Springfield area in a stolen car, then brandished a realistic-looking pellet gun at police before a Springfield officer shot her early Thursday morning.

The shooting took place at about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at the Jacksons Chevron station on Highway 34 near Interstate 5 in Linn County.

Amanda Lynn Gatewood, 44, of Springfield, was taken to Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in Corvallis. She was reported in critical condition. It was not released Thursday morning how many times she was shot or where she suffered wounds.

The Springfield Police Department officer who shot Gatewood has been placed on paid administrative leave.

The Linn County Major Crime Team, comprised of local law enforcement agencies, is looking into the incident. The Albany Police Department, which wasn’t involved in the case, is in charge of the investigation into the shooting.

“Our focus is on determining what happened, why it happened, and getting reports done and forwarded” to the district attorney’s office for review, said Capt. Eric Carter of the Albany Police Department.

The officer’s name will be released once he is interviewed early next week, per Springfield Police Department policy, Carter said.

He added that the device Gatewood reportedly brandished was a replica of a 1911 pistol, but it did not have the bright orange tip that often marks such pellet guns.

The incident began as the Springfield Police Department pursued a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara northbound on Interstate 5 early Thursday morning.

Oregon State Police officers assisted in the pursuit, during which spike strips were used and a police car nudged the Suzuki in an attempt to stop it, according to a news release from the Albany Police Department.

The spike strips worked, Carter said, but the vehicle continued northbound on shredded tires.

The Suzuki exited Interstate 5 and headed west on Highway 34 before it stopped at the entrance to the Chevron station.

Gatewood, the only occupant of the vehicle, got out and ran toward the store entrance and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers.

Three Springfield officers, an Oregon State Police trooper and a Linn County deputy were present when the shooting occurred.

Store surveillance is aiding the investigation into the incident, according to the news release.

Carter said the car and scene also was searched during the investigation.

He added that Gatewood could face charges in the incident, but that would be up to the Linn County District Attorney’s Office to determine.

Agencies typically wait at least 48 hours to interview an officer involved in a shooting, Carter said.

“They’ve been through a very stressful event,” Carter said, adding that officers only fire a weapon when they believe a life is in danger. “It gives the officer the opportunity to process this.”

Gatewood had two warrants for her arrest for failure to appear and failure to comply out of Lane County. She failed to show up for an Aug. 11 court hearing in a case filed in June in which she is accused of methamphetamine possession and three counts of identity theft.

She is charged with driving uninsured in a separate June case.

Gatewood also is accused of possession of heroin, possession of methamphetamine and second-degree criminal trespass regarding a July 31 incident in Lane County.

Linn County Major Crime Team Activated Following Officer Involved Shooting‏

Albany Tribune News, August 28, 2014

The Linn County Major Crime Team, in conjunction with the Linn County District Attorney’s Office, has been activated to investigate an officer involved shooting by a Springfield Police Officer. The shooting took place at the Jackson’s Chevron station located at 33157 Highway 34 in Linn County on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at about 1:30 a.m. following a vehicle pursuit.

Springfield Police pursued a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara northbound on I-5 from Springfield. The Oregon State Police and Linn County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the pursuit during which spike strips and P.I.T. (pursuit intervention technique) were used.

The vehicle exited I-5 and headed west on Highway 34 before it stopped at the entrance to the Chevron station. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, ran towards the store entrance. The driver was shot after she pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers. A replica of a 1911 semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene. Store surveillance video is aiding this investigation.

The driver, identified as 44-year-old Springfield resident Amanda Lynn Gatewood was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis in critical condition.

The Linn County Major Crime Team is comprised of members of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Albany Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, Sweet Home Police Department and the Oregon State Police.

Police: Ore. officer shoots woman after I-5 chase

KGW.com, August 28, 2014

Store at site of Amanda Gatewood shootingNight scene of police car at site of Amanda Gatewood shootingA Springfield police officer shot a woman after a chase on Interstate 5 that ended south of Albany early Thursday morning, police said.

The woman, identified as 44-year-old Amanda Lynn Gatewood, pointed a replica handgun at the officer, according to Albany police.

The shooting occurred at a Jackson’s Chevron station, located at 33157 Highway 34, around 1:30 a.m.

The incident began when the Springfield officer tried to stop a driver in a stolen Suzuki Vitara. The driver, later identified as Gatewood, headed north on I-5.

State police and Linn County sheriff’s deputies joined the chase. They tried to stop Gatewood with spike strips and by using maneuvers to try and force her vehicle to spin out.

Police said the Gatewood headed west on Highway 34 and stopped at the Chevron station, where police said she got out of the vehicle and ran toward the store entrance.

That’s when police said Gatewood pointed what appeared to be a handgun at the officer, who shot her. It’s unclear how many shots were fired.

Gatewood had a replica of a 1911 semi-automatic handgun, police said. She was taken to a Corvallis hospital in critical condition.

Police said store surveillance video was helping their investigation.

The Springfield police officer’s name has not been released.

Springfield officer involved in Albany shooting

Springfield Times, August 28, 2014

This story is developing; check back soon for more details

A woman from Springfield was shot by a police officer after police were pursuing a stolen vehicle. The Linn County Major Crime Team, in conjunction with the Linn County District Attorney’s Office, is activated to investigate.

According to a news release from Oregon State Police, the shooting took place around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at a gas station in Linn County on Hwy. 34 following a vehicle pursuit.

Springfield Police pursued a stolen 2000 Suzuki Vitara northbound on I-5 from Springfield, with Linn County and OSP assisting. Officers used spike strips and P.I.T. (pursuit intervention technique).

The vehicle left the freeway and headed west on Highway 34 before stopping at the entrance to the Chevron station. The driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, ran towards the store entrance.

Police shot the driver after she reportedly pointed what appeared to be a handgun at officers. Afterward, a replica of a 1911 semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene. Store surveillance video is aiding this investigation.

The driver, identified as 44-year-old Springfield resident Amanda Lynn Gatewood, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis in critical condition. The involved officer has not been named as of this news release.