Police shoot and kill man holding gun in Salem

Police shoot and kill man holding gun in Salem
Chase Hammer (2009 photo)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say a Salem police officer shot and killed a 26-year-old man who refused repeated warnings to drop his firearm.  

Police say the incident began Sunday evening when a woman called police and reported her boyfriend had a gun and was threatening to kill himself.  

Officers responded to a home near Ewald Avenue SE and Scenic View Drive SE. They located the man outside of the home and repeatedly told him to drop his gun.   Police said Corporal Ryan Demmer shot the man when he failed to comply.  

"It's a very quiet, you know, friendly neighborhood," a neighbor told us. "Nothing has ever happened like this before."

The man who was shot was later identified as 27-year-old Chase Hammer from Salem. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was hurt.

Cpl. Demmer was awarded the Medal of Valor along with two other officers in 2003 for saving a woman from a burning home.

Police said Demmer will be placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure, while an investigation into the shooting is conducted.

On Saturday, police shot and killed an attacking pit bull in NE Salem. A man was shot in the foot in that incident. No officers were hurt.