SALEM, Ore. – A Salem police officer responding to a domestic dispute shot a suspect during a confrontation in Northeast Salem Wednesday morning, police said.
The suspect died at a Salem hospital Wednesday night.
The shooting happened at 4792 N.E. Lancaster Drive just before 7:20 a.m., police said.
Officer David Baker was confronted by Michael Conley, 47, who was armed with a knife, according to Lt. Dave Okada. Conley continue to advance toward Baker despite the officer's commands to stop, and Baker shot him.
According to Marion County Deputy District Attorney Amy Queen, Conley was hit at least once in the head by a bullet fired by the officer. Police performed first aid on Conley until medics arrived.
Queen said Conley's 43-year-old wife called 9-1-1 after she was threatened by her husband during a violent domestic dispute. She was not harmed during the incident.
The investigation by Oregon State Police and the Marion County district attorney's office is underway.
Baker has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard police procedure. Baker has been employed by the Salem Police Department for 14 months, Okada said.