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PORTLAND — A motorist who pointed a firearm at a state trooper near Sisters, Ore., is dead after shots were fired, a day after a motorist died in another part of Oregon after a shootout with a trooper.

The latest incident occurred just before noon Friday when a trooper stopped a vehicle on U.S. Highway 20. The driver pointed a gun at the trooper, fled and came to a stop after officers deployed spike strips. Shots were fired, and the driver was found dead in the vehicle.

Police said it was too early to confirm the driver died of shots from officers. He wasn’t named.

A day earlier, a motorist with his three children in the car fired at a trooper on Interstate 84 near The Dalles.

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State police say Trooper Matthew Zistel, 26, was treated at a hospital for a minor gunshot wound to the left side and released.

The dead man was ID’d as John Van Allen II, 34, recently of the Portland area, but previously from South Carolina and Pennsylvania. His three children — a girl, 10, and boys, 13 and 15, —
are in state custody.

An autopsy concluded Allen died from a single shot to the chest, fired by the trooper, state police said.

Zistel was patrolling a construction zone along I-84 Thursday when he stopped Allen for speeding, police said. As Zistel left his patrol car, Allen got out of his vehicle and shot at him.

Zistel fired back, and Allen drove off. Police found his car pulled over a half-mile away. He died at the scene.

State police said in a statement that a multiagency investigation has begun into both shootings.

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