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News Release
UPDATE -Police Activity - Interstate 84 - Umatilla County - 08/09/19

On August 8, 2019 the Pendleton Police Department notified the Oregon State Police they were searching for Ryan Newsome age 28 of Pendleton, Oregon relating to a crime in the early morning hours of August 8. 

Members of the Oregon State Police-Pendleton Area Command assisted the Pendleton Police Department throughout the day in an attempt to locate NEWSOME. 

At approximately 4:20 P.M. members of the Pendleton Police Department located NEWSOME on SE Nye Avenue operating a 1994 Honda Accord.  Officers attempted a traffic stop and NEWSOME fled. NEWSOME initially traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes from I 84 at exit 210 as officers paralleled his vehicle from the eastbound lanes.  NEWSOME then drove into the median and eventually crossed back over to the eastbound lanes.  Near milepost 210, NEWSOME came to a stop on the south shoulder of the eastbound lanes.  A gunshot was heard within the vehicle after it came to a stop.

Shortly after the pursuit came to a stop, officers from the Oregon State Police and the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene.  Members of the Pendleton Police Department provided commands to NEWSOME but received no response.  Members of the Pendleton Police Department and Oregon State Police approached the vehicle and observed NEWSOME slumped in the front seat suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Officers broke out a window on the vehicle to remove NEWSOME as the doors to the vehicle were locked.  Upon making entry into the vehicle, NEWSOME was immediately removed and officers started rendering medical aid.

NEWSOME was transported from the scene via Life Flight to Kadlec Medical Center.

A Detective from the Oregon State Police has been assigned as the lead investigator for the events surrounding the pursuit and its conclusion.  No further information is expected to be released at this time.

Inquiries regarding investigations concerning Ryan Newsome by the Pendleton Police Department prior to the motor vehicle pursuit should be directed that agency.



Oregon State Police is conducting an investigation as a result of a Pendleton Police Department vehicle pursuit on Interstate 84 near milepost 210 eastbound.

Please use caution in the area and expect delays.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available.


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