Man killed in Oregon trooper shooting was taking kids on road trip

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by Evan Sernoffsky, kgw.com staff

KREM.com

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 7:36 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 8:16 AM

THE DALLES, Ore. – Police identified the driver who was shot and killed after he reportedly fired on an Oregon State trooper during a traffic stop on Interstate 84 east of The Dalles Thursday.

John Van Allen II, 34, (pictured right) died from a single gunshot woundAllen's family told KGW Friday that he was heading out of town on a road trip with his three kids, ages 10, 13 and 15, who were in the car at the time of the shooting. They don't understand Allen, who they say is an Army veteran, pulled a gun on the trooper.

"It's upsetting because he was trying to take his children on a road trip and this is a most unfortunate incident, but I'd just like to get to the bottom of it and find out what caused it all," said Allen's aunt, Deborah Morton-Hamlet.

The deadaly shooting started just before 1 p.m. when a State trooper pulled over a vehicle driven by Allen. He reportedly got out and fired on Trooper Matthew Zistel, 26, hitting him in the side. Zistel returned fire and Allen got back into his vehicle, Hastings said.

Allen was then found about a half mile down the road slumped over in his vehicle. Troopers tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Hastings said.

Zistel was taken to a nearby hospital with a mild gunshot wound to his left side. He was released Thursday evening, Hastings said. The juveniles were taken to The Dalles for questioning by investigators.

Raw scene video: suspect killed after shootout on I-84

Interstate 84 was closed at Biggs Junction between mileposts 105 and 109 for several hours after the shooting. . 


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KGW reporter Kyle Iboshi contributed to this report.

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