A Rainier, Oregon, police officer who struggled with a suspect at a car audio shop was killed by a gunshot Wednesday, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.
The unidentified officer responded Wednesday morning to a disturbance at Rainier Sound Authority, the office said in a news release.
"The officer made contact with the suspect at the store and a struggle ensued. The officer was wounded with a gunshot and later was pronounced dead," the sheriff's office said.
Law enforcement agencies swarmed to the scene, and shots were fired.
The unidentified suspect was wounded and taken into custody, authorities said. The suspect was hospitalized under guard, but he had not been arrested as of early Wednesday afternoon.
Rainier is near the Washington border.
Jeff McCracken, the pastor at the nearby Rainier Assembly of God Church, told CNN affiliate KGW he heard police sirens and saw the confrontation.
"There were officers about 10 feet outside my window with AR-15s," he said. "We heard them start yelling at this guy inside to put his weapon down. I told everyone (in the church) to get down.
"Then all of a sudden a round came through the window I had been looking through, about six inches above my head, where I had just been standing," McCracken said. "I started yelling, 'Everybody get out, get out!'"
At that point, McCracken and the others inside the church ran to the opposite side of the building, he said. Police told them to stay inside as a safety precaution, according to KGW, based in Portland.