A man was fatally shot by law enforcement officers north of Valley Falls on New Year’s Day after he reportedly committed an armed robbery of a gas station and convenience store in Silver Lake. According to a press release from Lake County District Attorney Ted Martin, Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers worked together on Friday, Jan. 1 to apprehend the suspect, who fled the scene following the robbery.
Law enforcement was dispatched to Silver Lake just before 10 a.m. Jan. 1 after the armed robbery was reported. An employee at the business reported that a male suspect — who was later identified as Isaac Matheney, age 37 — had brandished a firearm and threatened to kill people before taking the contents of the cash register, Martin described in his press release. The employee said the suspect then fled the scene in a small compact car with Nevada license plates.
A description of the vehicles and suspect was relayed to responding officers. Before they could locate the suspect, they received additional information that he was seen in Paisley and was continuing south toward Hwy 395.
At approximately 10:45 a.m., the release notes, the troopers and deputies successfully deployed spike strips on Hwy 31 north of Valley Falls and caused the suspect’s vehicle to come to a forced stop. The officers knew Matheney was armed and began giving him commands, which he reportedly refused to follow. After a brief standoff, officers fatally shot Matheney.
“The weapon used in the robbery was later determined to be a realistic replica rifle which was recovered at the scene,” the release adds.
All Lake County Sheriff’s officers and OSP troopers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave pending completion of the investigation, which is standard protocol.
At the request of Lake County officials, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office and Klamath Falls Police Department — both members of the Klamath County Major Crime Team — were called to assist in the investigation as uninvolved agencies.
The Examiner will report more details on this story as they become available.