PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A review of a fatal trooper-involved shooting along Interstate 84 in late August wrapped up Tuesday.
“At the time [Oregon State Police Trooper Matt Zistel] decided to employ deadly physical force, it was reasonable for him to believe that his life was endangered,” according to the Sherman County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday. “Trooper Zistel acted in self defense.”
Oregon State Police reported that the state trooper pulled over a male motorist on Interstate 84 near Biggs Junction, east of The Dalles, Aug. 29. Police reported the motorist shot and wounded the trooper and the trooper returned fire.
According to police, the motorist drove off but was found nearby, slumped over his steering wheel. OSP Lt. Gregg Hastings said three juveniles in the car with the motorist were unhurt and were taken to The Dalles for interviews.
Tuesday’s decision was made by Wade M. McLeod, a Sherman County District Attorney. The investigation reportedly was conducted by law enforcement agencies from the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, City of The Dalles Police Department, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Oregon Department of Justice and the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.
The motorist has been identified as 34-year-old John Van Allen II.