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Bandon Man Fatally Wounded in Police Shooting
A Bandon man was shot and killed by police after he allegedly pointed a shotgun and fired a round toward police Saturday afternoon. 65-year-old Robert Charles Foster had reportedly called the Coos County Sheriff’s Office and reported he had explosives in his truck that was parked in a field near the Faith Baptist Church on Highway 101 South in Bandon.
A negotiator spoke with Foster for several hours to attempt to give himself up to police. Just before 4:00 pm, Foster reportedly exited the truck and reached into the truck bed. A drone camera had revealed milk jugs that Foster said contained gas and a plastic tub containing a propane tank. The suspect was holding an unlit flare in one had and a shotgun in the other.
In a Press Pelease from District Attorney Paul Frasier, Foster allegedly threatened to set off explosives on multiple occasions. After reaching in the back of the truck, he turned toward police, raised the gun and fired a round. Police returned fire fatally wounding Foster. Frasier believes the Foster had planned the events with the intent of provoking police into shooting and killing him.
An autopsy is pending. The Coos Bay Police Department is leading the investigation. Six officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid leave. They are from Oregon State Police, North Bend and Coquille Police Departments and the Sheriff’s Office