JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. – A man suspected of shooting an employee at a southern Oregon lodge was hit and killed by a pickup truck on Interstate 5 Saturday morning while shooting at passing vehicles, the Jachson County Sheriff’s Office said.
The sheriff’s office got a call just before 7 a.m. from a driver that had “ran over a man who had been shooting at his vehicle” on I-5 south about a mile from the state border.
The suspected shooter is believed to be connected to a homicide investigation at Callahan’s Lodge, located several miles away. An employee was found shot to death in the lodge’s kitchen, and his car was missing from the parking lot.
Initial evidence shows that the suspected shooter stole the victim’s car, headed south on the Interstate, stopped in the middle of the road, got out, and began firing toward other southbound vehicles before he was hit and killed.
They do not believe that the suspect and victim knew each other.
The Jackson County Major Assault Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) is at both locations.
Traffic from I-5 south is being rerouted at milepost 6 onto Highway 99. Drivers should expect delays into the afternoon hours.
This is a developing story; KATU News has calls in to police for more information.