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June 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Wounded Oregon police officer in fair condition

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — A police officer shot during a traffic stop in Rainier, Ore., is reported in fair condition at a Portland hospital.

Authorities say Officer Russell George was shot Monday by a motorist he stopped on U.S. Highway 30. The bullet went through the Rainier officer’s hand and hit his chest, which was protected by a bulletproof vest.

The suspect was found dead hours later near Clatskanie, apparently from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He has not been identified.

Rainier is a city of 1,900 residents northwest of Portland.

Three years ago, police Chief Ralph Painter was fatally shot after responding to a report of a suspicious person at a car stereo shop.

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