Corvallis Officer Involved Shooting Video Released

A Philomath man died early Saturday morning after pursuing Corvallis police with a knife and Corvallis police have released video footage of officer involved shooting.

On 4-03-21 at approximately 0339 hours, Corvallis Police Department officers responded to a
report of a male trespassing in the Days Inn Hotel at 1113 NW 9th Street. A hotel employee told
Dispatchers the male was acting in an aggressive manner and trying to get into guests’ rooms.
One officer contacted the male, later identified as Jeffery W. Appelt, just outside the hotel
entrance. Appelt threatened to kill the officer and appeared to remove something from his

Video evidence showed Appelt raise his hand and come towards the officer.
The officer turned, ran in the opposite direction and put space between he and Appelt. Appelt
chased after the officer, still holding something in his hand, and threatened to kill the officer
multiple times. While distancing himself from Appelt, the officer drew his less-lethal taser and
fired at Appelt. Appelt turned away from the officer and went back toward the hotel entrance.
The officer yelled out and over his radio that Appelt had a knife. A second officer attempted to
take Appelt into custody as he was re-entering the hotel, but Appelt used physical force to escape.
He fled west, where a third officer just pulled into the parking lot.

The third officer’s video showed Appelt holding a knife and aggressively advancing toward the
third officer who was standing near his patrol vehicle. Appelt yelled to the third officer, “Do you
want to die? Do you want to die?” This officer ordered Appelt to drop the knife multiple times.
Appelt continued to advance toward the officer while holding the knife. When Appelt came in
close proximity to the officer, and his open patrol vehicle in which there was a loaded AR15- rifle
and shotgun, the third officer fired his pistol. Appelt was struck multiple times.
Law Enforcement immediately provided life saving measures until Corvallis Fire medics arrived
minutes later, but Appelt was pronounced dead at the scene. Two knives were later recovered
from the scene. Eye witnesses present at the scene corroborated the video evidence.

The Involved Officers have been placed on Administrative Leave, consistent with Senate Bill 111, a State
Wide Use of Force Protocol, CPD department policy, and national best practices. The purpose of
administrative leave is for the purpose of relieving the employee from further field duties while
undergoing the emotional stress of having been involved in a critical action, and permitting time to
conduct an objective investigation into the incident. In this circumstance administrative leave is not
considered a suspension or as disciplinary action.

Investigation into the incident is on-going. The investigation is being led by Albany Police Department
with the assistance of the Benton County Major Crimes Team. The Corvallis Police Department is
cooperating fully with the on-going investigation.

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