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Man shot after traffic stop

State troopers say man shot himself with a handgun after traffic stop in Tualatin.


by: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon State Police say a man shot himself in the neck after he was puleld over on Interstate 5, near Tualatin.A 59-year-old man was in fair condition Wednesday at Oregon Health and Science University Hospital after he apparently shot himself during a traffic stop Tuesday evening on Interstate 5 near Nyberg Road in Tualatin.

Oregon State Police said James Beaver, formerly of Roseburg, suffered from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after he spoke with a trooper about a traffic violation.

The incident closed all southbound lanes of I-5 for more than an hour, snarling traffic while Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue medical personnel treated the man and state troopers began an investigation.

State police reported that Beaver was driving a 1982 GMC van south on I-5 near milepost 289 when he was pulled over by a trooper at about 5:16 p.m., said Lt. Gregg Hastings, state police spokesman.

Beaver was the only person in the van and spoke with the trooper.

Beaver was driving with a suspended license, Hastings said. The trooper returned to his patrol car to write Beaver a citation and order a tow truck to impound the van.

When the tow truck arrived at about 5:50 p.m., the trooper returned to the van and found Beaver with two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to his neck. A handgun was lying on the front passenger seat, Hastings said.

Officers were able to get Beaver out of the van and took him into custody. He was taken by ambulance to OHSU for treatment.

Beaver was originally listed in critical condition at OHSU but was upgraded Wednesday morning to fair condition.

According to police, Beaver previously lived in the Roseburg area but did not have a current permanent address.

Beaver is said to have relatives and personal contacts in the Portland area.

Officers from the Tualatin Police Department and Clackamas County sheriff's deputies assisted with the investigation.

Two of the three southbound lanes were opened to traffic Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. The third lane was opened at 7:55 p.m.

The investigation into this case continues.