Newport police shoot, injure ‘combative’ suspect

Officer-involved shooting closed US-101 near milepost 137

Nantharath Thilavanh, 53, was hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting in Newport. (MCSO)
Nantharath Thilavanh, 53, was hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting in Newport. (MCSO)

NEWPORT, Ore. (KOIN) — An officer-involved shooting closed US-101 near milepost 137 on Wednesday, police confirmed.

Police were called to Agate Beach RV Park at 6138 Highway 101 shortly before noon on reports of an unwanted person on the property.

Nantharath Thilavans, 53, became combative when officers arrived on the scene, Oregon State Police said.

Police pepper sprayed and Tased the man without success.

Thilavans reportedly raised a dangerous weapon and threatened authorities. That’s when an officer shot him.

The suspect was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis with critical injuries.

US-101 was closed for several hours while police investigated.

The investigation is ongoing.

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