Man dies after officer-involved shooting

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The man shot by a Salem Police officer Wednesday has died, and the officer who pulled the trigger remains on leave.

According to the department, an altercation between Salem police officer David Baker and 47-year-old Michael Conley began when the man, brandishing a knife, moved toward the officer.

Salem police on scene of an officer-involved-shooting (KOIN 6 Viewer photo).
Salem police on scene of an officer-involved-shooting (KOIN 6 Viewer photo).

Baker fired his weapon, striking Conley in the head. Conley, who neighbors said was a military war veteran, was transported by medics to Salem Hospital where he later died. Baker was not injured.

SPD officials say Baker was dispatched to the home in the 4700 block of Lancaster Drive NE just after 7 a.m. on a domestic disturbance call placed by Conley’s wife.

Baker — employed by SPD for 14 months — was placed on routine administrative leave following the shooting. Oregon State Police, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Keizer Police Department, Woodburn Police Department, Salem Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Major Crime Team are handling the investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800.452.7888.

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