A man died by suicide during a traffic stop Thursday, Dec. 2, with Morrow County sheriff’s deputies in Irrigon, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.

Pilot Rock police requested help during the morning of Dec. 2 from the sheriff’s office in locating and checking on a 28-year-old man. Police pinged his phone, which showed he was “in the Irrigon area,” police reported.

Deputies searched the area and reported seeing the man driving 12 mph over the speed limit heading southbound on Paterson Ferry Road near Highway 730. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Paterson Ferry Road, and as three deputies approached the vehicle, they heard a gunshot. The man was alone in the car, the sheriff’s office reported.

Medics confirmed the man died at the scene. The sheriff’s office also reported Pilot Rock police notified his relatives.

—EO Media Group

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