Athena man shot dead after threatening police

By the Herald staffApril 28, 2014 

An Athena man was shot dead Monday morning after allegedly eluding police and threatening an officer with a gun.

The East Oregonian reported that Tere David King, 55, had been avoiding law enforcement officers since Saturday, when Milton-Freewater police attempted to contact him about reported misconduct.

He led officers on a high speed chase, but escaped until about 7:20 a.m. Monday when Athena police Sgt. Erik Palmer spotted King about four miles south of Athena on Pambrun Road.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said Palmer attempted to wait for back-up, but King drove his truck directly at the officer, who shot out King's tires. King got out of his vehicle brandishing a firearm and was fatally shot by Palmer, Primus said.

Law enforcement officers from several agencies gathered at a field along Pambrun Road shortly before 8 a.m. Monday morning. Officers covered a male body that was on the dirt with a yellow tarp. The body was found beside a black Ford F-150 pickup.

The vehicle, which sat with doors open on a dirt access road, faced another vehicle, an SUV belonging to the Athena Police Department.

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