Deputy kills suspect

An Albany man was shot and killed by a Linn County Sheriff’s deputy Saturday night after apparently trying to run the officer over during a burglary investigation in the Brownsville area, Sheriff Tim Mueller said.

According to Mueller, at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, the Linn County 911 center received a call reporting a prowler at 25288 Gap Road. Deputy David Francis, 38, responded and learned that someone may have broken into an outbuilding on the property. As Francis was investigating the scene, a suspect vehicle attempted to run him over, Mueller said.

The deputy fired his service weapon at the suspect vehicle, which fled the scene but was found minutes later stuck in a field off Lake Creek Drive near Seefeld Drive, approximately five miles from the Gap Road property, Mueller said.

Deputies discovered two occupants in the vehicle. The driver was found deceased and the passenger was taken into custody without incident, the Sheriff said.

Dead man was identified as Jesse Drew Seeley, 26, from Albany. An autopsy conducted Monday determined that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest. Fisher Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

The passenger in the vehicle was Shane Michael Atterberry, 31, a transient, was arrested on a probation violation warrant from Klamath County. He was lodged in the Linn County Jail.

Francis has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, which is standard procedure in such incidents, Mueller said. Francis has been a patrol deputy for the Linn County Sheriff’s Office for 3 1/2 years. Prior to that, he worked for five years as a full-time deputy and seven years as a reserve deputy with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation in conjunction with the Linn County District Attorney’s Office.