FBI still looking for officer’s attacker

LINCOLN COUNTY — The Federal Bureau of Investigation is still seeking information about fugitive David Durham, who shot and injured Lincoln City Police Officer Steven Dodds on Jan. 23, 2011 while Dodds conducted a routine traffic stop involving Durham.

While Dodds survived after spending some time in Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for days, authorities looking for Durham still don’t know exactly where he is or if he’s even alive.

The renewed effort to find Dodds’ attacker comes during the FBI’s National Police Week, in which officials with the agency are drawing attention to unsolved cases involving police officer deaths or attacks.

“As part of the National Police Week events honoring law enforcement officers who are injured and killed in the line of duty, the FBI has selected a handful of cases from across the country to feature,” wrote FBI Public Affairs Officer Beth Anne Steele in an email Monday. “The David Durham fugitive case is one of those that will receive extra attention.”

In the eight years since Durham fled police, the Lincoln City Police Department, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies assisting in the investigation haven’t yet found the man, frustrating Lincoln City police.

“After several months of extremely intense research and investigation and following up on leads from all over the U.S., we still do not have any solid leads on the whereabouts of David Durham,” Palmer said Tuesday. “There are rumors he could’ve changed his appearance and walked right by us while were were looking for something else. We’re trying to find out if he is still alive. If he is, where is he?”

Durham still faces charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, attempted murder, attempted aggravated murder, unlawful use of a weapon, recklessly endangering another, menacing, attempted assault on a public safety officer, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, assault and reckless driving.


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