Police: Salem cop critical after wife struck him with pickup - WNEM TV 5

Police: Salem cop critical after wife struck him with pickup

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A 47-year-old woman has been booked into jail on attempted murder charges, accused of striking her husband with her pickup outside the couple's home.

The victim, off-duty Salem police officer Kenneth Nunez, is in critical condition at Salem Hospital.

Oregon State Police said Kenneth Nunez, 48, was walking toward his motorcycle in front of the couple's home when he was struck by a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup driven by his wife, 47-year-old Shirley Nunez.

The crash came just a few minutes after Salem police responded to a home in the 1800 block of Torrance Street. That's where a woman reported that Shirley Nunez, while armed with a handgun, entered the home through a rear, sliding glass door, then pointed the gun at the woman and briefly confronted her about a suspected relationship between the woman and Kenneth Nunez.

State police said Shirley Nunez then left in the pickup and drove back to her home, where she crashed into her husband.

Chris Davis, the victim's neighbor, said he heard "a couple loud bangs" as he was watching TV.

"Several cop cars showed up, and they had police line across the road," he said. "I saw someone run across the road."

Troopers said Shirley Nunez was initially taken to Salem Hospital for a medical evaluation, but then taken to the Marion County Jail to be booked on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, menacing, pointing a firearm at another person and unlawful use of a weapon.

Kenneth Nunez has worked for the Salem Police Department since 2005. He's currently assigned to the patrol division as an officer, and has experience with an out-of-state police agency before joining Salem PD.

Police are still investigating.

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