Manhunt Continues for Ore. Officer's Shooter


The search for a man accused of shooting and wounding a Lincoln City police officer is now in its second day after the manhunt failed to turn up any sign of 43-year-old David Durham.

Durham is wanted on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, first-degree assault and felony attempt to elude in a vehicle.

Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda says SWAT teams are searching homes cautiously in Waldport, a beach town that has a number of vacant vacation houses.

"You have to be careful. You don't know what's on the other side of the door or around the corner of a hallway," Miranda said.

Oregon State Police troopers say Durham shot Officer Steven Dodds multiple times after being pulled over for speeding on Highway 101 late Sunday night. Dodds is still in critical condition at a Portland hospital.

A Lincoln City family says the shooting happened right in front of their house.

"He was in pain and hurting, so we just stayed with him and tried to encourage him," said Darald Richardson, who helped the wounded officer.

Meanwhile, state police say, Durham sped off and, when he encountered more police officers, shot at them from his car. Two patrol cars were damaged in the gunfire, but no one was hit.

The high-speed chase reached the area of Waldport, where spike strips punctured the tires on Durham's SUV, police say. He ran into a wooded area and wasn't seen again until hours later, when he fired shots at a boater who was spotlighting his crab pots, troopers say. Police suspect Durham mistook the boater for a police officer.

People who are living or traveling around the Waldport area have been told not to pick up hitchhikers.

Durham may have his dog with him. Troopers say the dog is a salt-and-pepper-colored blue healer Australian cattle dog named Huckleberry.

Durham is 6 feet 3 inches tall, 160 to 185 pounds and has long brown hair and blue eyes.

Police officers continue to check all cars leaving the Bay Shore area of the Oregon Coast.

Miranda said authorities won't suspend their manhunt anytime soon. He said Durham is "probably still in the area, but there's no guarantees."

"We're going to keep it up until we've exhausted all possibilities," he said.

Fliers that show Durham's picture and description are being distributed by the Waldport Citizens Volunteer Patrol.

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