Bodycam footage shows Oregon State Police Trooper Andrew Tuttle shooting ruled ‘justified’ by grand jury.
Evidence presented to the grand jury included testimony from 12 witnesses, autopsy results and video and photographs from the scene.
Salem Police Department Press Release
Salem, Ore. — On Monday, April 10, 2023, at 8:42 a.m., an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper stopped to assist the driver of disabled semitrailer near milepost 254 on northbound Interstate 5.
The trooper arrived to find the driver of the semi being held at gunpoint by a male suspect. The suspect and the trooper subsequently exchanged gunfire. The suspect fled from the scene, running eastward into the tall grass line along the interstate.
The suspect, Felipe Amezcua Manzo, age 31, sustained gunshot injuries and was located in the shrubbery. Paramedics and law enforcement officers provided medical assistance to Manzo for those injuries; however, he died at the scene.
A firearm was located next to Manzo. A photograph of that firearm is attached.
The Oregon State Police Trooper Andrew Tuttle sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the incident which did not require further medical attention. The cause of his injuries is still being investigated.
Trooper Tuttle has been employed by Oregon State Police since August of 2016, and prior to that he served six years in the United States Navy, four of those years as a military police officer. Trooper Tuttle has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with the Marion County Law Enforcement Use of Deadly Physical Force Response Plan.
A vehicle associated with Manzo and located on the scene was searched pursuant to a search warrant authorized by Marion County Circuit Court Judge Thomas M. Hart.
Officers from the Salem Police Department and Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist at the scene. As per the response plan, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office (MCDA) has requested the Salem Police Department lead the investigation into the shooting incident.
Northbound Interstate 5 was closed between mileposts 252-254 throughout the day. One lane of travel was opened at 11:30 a.m. and other lanes reopened as the day progressed. The scene was cleared at approximately 6:00 p.m.
The investigation is ongoing. No additional information will be released to preserve a Marion County Grand Jury’s objective review of the incident, which is standard for all Marion County officer use of deadly force investigations.
Any further information about this incident will be released by the MCDA’s Office.