UPDATE: State police identify man killed by Salem officer Monday

The parking lot of a small business complex in the 1700 block of Northeast Center Street at 6:23 p.m. Monday, around two hours before police say a “violent fight” led an officer to shoot at a man who later died. (Ardeshir Tabrizian/Salem Reporter)

State police said late Tuesday afternoon that a man who died after a physical confrontation with two Salem Police Department officers in a Center Street parking lot Monday was killed by police fire.

The Oregon State Police in a news release identified the man who died as 28-year-old Tayler Shannon Osborne, of Salem.

The announcement came about 16 hours after Salem police issued a statement that described a “violent fight” that led an officer to shoot a man who later died of injuries, but didn’t make clear how the man died or whether police fire caused his injuries. Salem police in that statement also didn’t identify any officers involved.

According to state police, Cpl. Joshua Buker and officer Susan Slivkoff of the Salem Police Department were conducting a stolen vehicle investigation in the parking lot of a small business complex in the 1700 block of Northeast Center Street near Seamster Cleaners and Johnny’s Bar & Grill when the shooting occurred.

Officers were “processing the vehicle” around 8:30 p.m. when one occupant of the vehicle “began a physical confrontation” with two officers, Salem police said in its earlier news release.

State police said the confrontation resulted in Buker shooting at Osborne.

The officers gave first aid to Osborne on scene before paramedics transported him to to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the news release.

State police asked anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to contact its dispatch at 800-442-0776 and reference case #SP22086697.

The Marion County District Attorney’s Office assigned Oregon State Police to lead the investigation into the incident, as required under state law for shootings involving officers, Salem police said in its news release.

Angela Hedrick, Salem police spokeswoman, said in an email Tuesday morning that the news release was the only statement or comment Salem police could make on the incident, citing the state law.

Salem police said they would not release any additional information about the incident and all future updates about the investigation will come through Oregon State Police.

This story was updated with a response from the Salem Police Department. The Oregon State Police also later identified the man who was shot in a news release and confirmed police fire caused his injuries.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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