Local man takes his life after short pursuit by police
A traffic stop turned grisly last weekend in Newberg when a man took his life following a short pursuit by police.
According to a release from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department, officers were summoned to the intersection of Donna and Corinne drives at 1:19 a.m. Sunday on reports that an apparently intoxicated individual, who was in possession of a firearm, was walking in the neighborhood.
The three officers were attempting to assess "the potential danger to the public or to offer assistance to the individual" when another call came in that the man was driving away from the scene in a Nissan Pathfinder, the release said.
At 2:09 a.m. officers spotted the vehicle and attempted to contact the driver.
"The vehicle initially failed to stop for the patrol vehicles, but then abruptly stopped on Highway 219, south of East Second Street," the release said, referring to an area near Sportsman Airpark. "Attempts were made to communicate with the driver, but within two minutes of initial contact a single gunshot occurred from inside the vehicle."
Officers approached the vehicle and deployed a "sponge munition," a less-than-lethal round fired from a 40-millimeter grenade launcher, to break the window of the car and allow access to the driver. The driver was declared at the scene, reportedly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The man has been identified as Alexander J. Guidry, 40, of Newberg. His next of kin have been notified of his death.