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Video: Ore. Man Opens Fire on Trooper at T-Stop

October 04, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Ore. Man Opens Fire on Trooper at T-Stop

An Oregon trooper's dash-cam video captured a deadly gunfight with a man who charged him and opened fire at a traffic stop in August.

The Oregon State Police trooper survived the assault at the harrowing vehicle stop with a wound to his side, while the suspect died later of a gunshot wound to the chest, reports The Oregonian.

Trooper Matt Zistel pulled over a Cadillac driven by John Van Allen II, 34, for speeding on Aug. 29 on Interstate 84 about 100 miles east of Portland.

The dash-cam footage shows Allen stepping out of the car wearing beige fatigues and assuming a military pose. Allen asks why he has been pulled over and ignores several commands from Zistel to return to his vehicle. Allen then pulls a pistol from his waistband and charges toward the trooper while opening fire.

The trooper returned fire with one shot that struck Allen in the chest. Allen can be seen reloading his pistol while moving along the front of the cruiser. Allen then runs back to his vehicle and drives off. Officers found Allen's car a half-mile away parked along the shoulder. He was dead.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Deadly Force, Assaults on Officers, Oregon State Police


Comments (20)

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Bob Vogt, Ret. Sgt. @ 10/4/2013 4:36 PM

Good shooting, trooper. Glad you're still with us! To all of you, never let your guard down!

LLC @ 10/4/2013 8:08 PM

I've seen the aftermath of shootings like this before. Almost some 30 years ago, a partner shot a suspect at close range with a round-nose 38 cal. The department I retired from changed to the 9mm in 1987. Same results started to occur. Suspects shot at close range and still able to shoot back or run. You have to have a big enough caliber to stop the threat. I hope the troopers in Oregon reevaluate what caliber or type of ammo they use.

LouisianaDeputy @ 10/5/2013 8:45 AM

Monday morning quarterbacking is easy, but, I gotta go with LLC. What caliber was used, what does autopsy reveal , was he on drugs?...good shooting, Trooper and glad the POS is dead and you're NOT!! He kept moving for a while after the hit.

Troop @ 10/5/2013 1:19 PM

Nice work.

No-win argument @ 10/7/2013 1:14 PM

Caliber vs Shot Placement. Neither side will ever be able to convince the other to change their opinion. He could've put a .45 service round through the guy's vitals and still the guy wouldn't have gone down immediately. There's still that oxygenated blood running through his brain to keep him going for a few more seconds, unless you hit his skeletal structure. But the important thing is the Trooper went home at the end of the day. Good shooting, Stay safe blue.

Cop @ 10/7/2013 2:28 PM

I agree with No-win argument. Have you ever hunted large game with high powered rifle? I have seen high power rifle round take out the lungs and heart and blow a half dollar size hole exiting the other side of the animal only to see it run off and have to be tracked to it resting place. The important thing here is the officer mind-set of winning and he did.

Leonard Mather @ 10/7/2013 2:33 PM

Recall the Filipinos taping their chests prior to US ordering the original .45 caliber semi autos? Smaller rounds allowed the Filipinos to continue attacking when taped up. The .45 slowed them down by knocking them down in their frontal attacks and did the job better than the smaller calibers. Check the old records on this insurgency. Habits and preferences for less kick remain in force.

JM @ 10/7/2013 2:56 PM

Wow, I don’t think the suspect was reloading; it looked like he dropped his mag during the fire fight! That definitely helped the officer out a bit... Good work and glad you’re ok trooper!

Pup @ 10/7/2013 3:00 PM

I agree with BV...Great shooting.. I'm glad the Trooper is alive and able to fight through the gun battle. It was a blessing the suspect failed to follow the Troopers commands and remain outside the car. It gave the Trooper the chance to fight. If the suspect returned to the car, as ordered, the Trooper may not be with us today. Get well soon!!!

Alan @ 10/7/2013 3:28 PM

Both arguments are correct. First, the bigger the holes, the faster the leak. The more holes the more leaks. There is no such thing as knocking down a Human target. Its physics. Unless you shatter a supporting bone, the target doesn't go down unless shock from blood loss sets in or psychologically, they give up. Even if the heart is destroyed, the brain has about 15 seconds of usable O2 to allow a Human to function. If in this case, the aorta or heart was nicked, it would not be unusual for the suspect to function as long as he did. On the upside, it did what it was designed to do. The suspect stopped his attack and fled. Outstanding job by the trooper.

John Carp @ 10/7/2013 3:42 PM

Praise God the Trooper is alright and the goblin is NOT!
No Monday morning quarterbacking here, as I wasnt there.
But; on Tuesday....I might want to see the results of the autopsy and view the recovered (if there is one) projectile! We can ALWAYS learn and upgrade.
One lone comment! No pistol is a death ray....The mythical One Shot stop is a rarety. But we can ALWAYS learn and upgrade.
God Bless trooper
Very respectfully
john

PilotJY @ 10/7/2013 5:13 PM

I am thankful that Trooper Zistel is okay and doing well. Good on Trooper Zistel for shooting to eliminate the threat to himself. There have been other times that have not been so lucky for may Officers. Thankfully I have never been put in that situation. I am not going to say never in this case, but if I do, I hope I perform, revert to training, like Trooper Zistel did in this case. Believe you me, I have had nightmare dreams of similar type of situations. I just hope they do not come true. Good on you Brother. Glad another scumbag is put away, even if he died. I do not wish death on anyone, but some, like this man, just need to be taken out. Especially when they open fire on a Law Enforcement Officer doing his or her job. This is just one more example that Traffic Stops are not routine.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/7/2013 5:44 PM

Good job Trooper, I'm, glad the POS is dead. Next time just grab the shot gun and finish the POS right on the scene. If he does not get ih the vehicle on the first command just grab the shot gun.

Chuck @ 10/7/2013 10:06 PM

I'm glad the Trooper came out on top of this exchange.

The "effectiveness" of the .45 caliber against the Filipino Insurgents is a myth that is perpetuated by those who are infatuated with that caliber. We are talking about individuals who, eve after the American Soldiers had shot them with their rifle AND stuck them with their bayonet, would grab the rifle and pull them closer just so they can hack the Soldiers to death. Do you really think that a handgun round would make any kind of an impression? Handguns are notoriously underpowered regardless of the caliber.

Sometimes even shot placement isn't enough when faced with a determined foe. There has been plenty of cases where even a 12 GA slug or multiple 00 buckshot rounds did not stop the assailant on the spot. Yet, there are cases where a single .380 ACP round resulted in instant incapacitation.

The real question is why the Trooper did not put this guy under the gun as soon as he took that aggressive stance from the start.

Mark @ 10/8/2013 9:37 AM

Damn! Good work, trooper, glad you are OK!

LEO @ 10/9/2013 6:55 AM

I read all the comments from the Oregonian. It is amazing how quick some people are to judge the actions of the officer vs the bad guy. I'm sure once they see the video they will crawl back in their hole waiting to come out when they can jump at the chance to criticize an officer's actions. This is the epitomy of a justified shooting. I hope they don't/didn't waste tax payers money on trying to figure this one out. If it was PTSD then we as a society should figure out how to stop sending our soldiers to s#itholes around the world.

S.S. @ 10/16/2013 7:39 AM

Good job Tropper Zistel. Glad you're still with us, and that that p.o.s. is not.

Michael Mc @ 10/18/2013 7:08 AM

One less piece of crap society has to deal with.

Michael Mc @ 10/18/2013 7:09 AM

one less peice of crap

Sonia Quijada-Ramberger @ 10/19/2013 8:36 AM

Close call for the officer! Kudos and thank God for that one shot! Prayers for the children of the perpetrator.

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