Police comb Ore. resort for gunman

WALDPORT, Ore., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Police were still searching a small seaside resort town in Oregon Tuesday as they hunted for a man suspected of shooting and wounding an officer.

In a statement, state police said about 50 officers were combing Waldport, a community of just over 2,000 people at the mouth of the Alsea River. Waldport is about 50 miles south of Lincoln City, where officer Steven Dodds was shot Sunday night during a traffic stop.


Dodds was in critical but stable condition Tuesday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland.

The suspected shooter was identified as David Anthony Durham, 43. Police said he was probably accompanied by his dog, Huckleberry, described as a salt-and-pepper Australian collie.

The hunt in Waldport began Monday and continued overnight, police said. About 50 officers were going door-to-door, checking for signs someone had been using one of the many vacant vacation homes and questioning occupants of other houses.

Residents had to pass through police checkpoints to get on and off Highway 101 at Waldport and were told not to pick up hitchhikers. They were also asked to report any sightings of strangers or unexpected barking dogs.


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