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Officer hit, suspect killed in Biggs shootout


Rachel Olp

SHOOTING NEAR BIGGS: Police vehicles block entrances to I-84 at the Biggs bridge Thursday.

Shots were fired Thursday between an Oregon State trooper and a motorist in a brief but deadly roadside drama near Biggs.

The officer, Trooper Matthew Zistel, 26, had pulled a vehicle over on I-84 for speeding. The driver of the vehicle, identified as John Van Allen, suddenly jumped out of the car and fired multiple shots at Zistel, who was hit in the side. Zistel returned fire and hit Allen once in the chest before calling for assistance. Allen returned to his car and drove away, getting about a half mile further up the road before pulling over to the shoulder. When found later by other troopers, he was deceased and slumped over the steering wheel.

Troopers also found three children in t...

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