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  A man with a knife was killed near a Days Inn Hotel   Man killed in officer-involved shooting at Corvallis Days Inn  

Story by The Oregon Herald Staff
Published on Sunday April 4, 2021 - 11:20 PM

BENTON COUNTY, Oregon - 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 pocket. 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.