Klamath Falls Officer Involved Shooting

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Tue, August 20 2013 at 5:14 PM, Updated: Tue, August 20 2013 at 5:28 PM

A officer involved shooting leads to the death of a suspected car thief in Klamath Falls...many heard the shots just as they left for work this morning.

Armed police swarmed the 1600 block of Portland Street shortly after 8:30 this morning.

David Blanchard says he watched as police staged in the area...

"Then I went into the house for just a moment, and that's when I heard three gunshots - and it sounded like from the same gun - it was a 'pop, pop - pop' like that."

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge confirmed that those shots were fired by police...

"We had an officer involved shooting this morning, related to the City Police Department."

Police had contacted 52 year old Matt Borner, a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation.  Borner was later identified as the man shot in a confrontation with police - it's unclear if Borner was armed.

District Attorney Patridge made the confirmation...

"The stolen motor vehicle suspect, Matthew David Borner, who's about 52 years old, is deceased, involved in this officer shooting."

The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team has been activated, and the scene of the shooting is being processed by Oregon State Police.

District Attorney Patridge notes that the investigation is still in the early stages.  All of the officers involved, and many neighbors in the area are still being interviewed.

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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