A highway shootout ended with the death of the gunman today in Oregon.
According to the Huffington Post, the incident started during a routine traffic shop. A video of the incident was posted to the internet today by the Oregon State police.
The video shows John Van Allen II, a military veteran, get out of his car after he is pulled over. Oregon State Trooper Matthew Zistel repeatedly tells Allen to get back into his vehicle but Allen decides to draw his weapon instead.
The shootout on the Oregon highway left the officer with a gunshot wound in his side. Allen was able to get away but officers found his car a few miles down the road. He was dead from a single gunshot wound to the chest.
It’s unclear why Allen decided to shoot at the officer. Kobi 5 reports that the veteran had three children in his car at the time of the shootout. A friend of the gunman said that Allen was on his way back home to South Carolina.
The friend said: “It’s just completely out of character -– it doesn’t add up.”
Here’s the video of the Oregon Highway shootout.