Officer-Involved Fatal Shooting in Cave Junction

Incident Date/Time: April 28, 2012, 10:13 p.m.
Incident Location: 9000 block of Holland Loop, Cave Junction, OR
Case #: 12001219

Deceased
Walter Britt Phillips, 11/05/1965
White male, 5'11/225 lbs.
221 Aries Dr., Cave Junction, OR

Cave Junction, OR -- Last night, at about 10:13 p.m., there was an officer-involved fatal shooting in the 9000 block of Holland Loop.

At about 10:07 p.m., [Deputy Robert Baker] and [Reserve Deputy Mike Holguin] attempted to stop the suspect, 46-year-old Walter B. Phillips, for a traffic violation near the intersection of Redwood Hwy. and Caves Hwy.

The deputies activated the patrol car's overhead lights, and Phillips sped southbound on Caves Hwy, refusing to pull over.

The deputies activated lights and sirens and pursued Phillips, who turned onto Holland Loop at its south intersection with Caves Hwy.

In the 9000 block of Holland Loop, Phillips skidded his vehicle to a stop, put the pick-up in reverse and rammed the patrol car. In an attempt to stop him, deputies fired their service weapons, striking Phillips.

Phillips was treated at the scene by American Medical Response and was subsequently airlifted by Mercy Flights to Providence Hospital in Medford, where he died a short time later. His next of kin has been notified.

One of the deputies received minor injuries, which required no medical attention.

The Josephine County Major Crime Response Team, which is comprised of investigators from Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, the District Attorney's Office and the Sheriff's Office, was activated. OSP was assigned by the District Attorney as the lead investigative agency.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact Oregon State Police Detective Bryan Scott at 541-618-7957. Further media questions concerning this incident should be directed to the Josephine County District Attorney's Office at 541-474-5200.

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