VIDEO: Camera Captures Gunman Repeatedly Shoot Female Salem Officer
Salem, OR – A video captured by a nearby home surveillance camera showed the exact moment when a driver opened fire on a Salem police officer on Tuesday night (video below).
The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on May 14 when an officer made a traffic stop in the 500-block of Highland Avenue Northeast, KPTV reported.
In the surveillance video, the officer was talking to the driver while a passenger appeared to be getting out of the front seat.
All of a sudden, the driver opened fire on the veteran female police officer, the video showed.
The officer turned and bolted away, toward her patrol vehicle.
The officer was hit multiple times, according to KPTV.
The shooter fled in the silver minivan, leaving her passenger on the sidewalk, the video showed.
The wounded was transported to Salem Hospital where she was treated. The officer was released at about 2:46 a.m. on Wednesday, police said.
The van was found abandoned a short time later and tactical teams, including police K9s, conducted the initial search of the area where it was found, KPTV reported.
After four hours of searching, tactical units turned the investigation over to detectives.
But they were called back in soon after when police received information that the suspect was holed up in an apartment complex near the shooting scene, KPTV reported.
The Salem Police Department set up its Mobile Command Unit at Highland Elementary School and school officials announced the school would stay closed on Wednesday, according to the Statesman Journal.
Police surrounded the East Broadway Apartments and negotiated with the gunman for about a half hour.
The suspect was reportedly “worried about being injured” and had demonstrated “anxiety on his part," the Statesman Journal reported.
The suspect took his time surrendering and eventually, SWAT officers deployed an explosive device to blow open the door of the apartment where he was hiding.
The suspect was taken into custody at about 8:45 a.m., according to KPTV.
Police have not yet released the name of the wounded officer.
The gunman was identified by police as 38-year-old Jaime Lee Jimenez, 38. He has been charged with attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, second-degree assault, and felon in possession of a firearm, according to KATU.
Watch the driver shooting at the officer in the video below: