Police identify man killed in officer-involved shooting

Jeffrey Appelt was a 32-year old Philomath resident. Police say he was armed with a knife and threatened to kill the officers involved.

Posted: Apr 3, 2021 7:32 PM

CORVALLIS, Ore. --- Corvallis Police Department identified the man killed in the officer-involved shooting at the Days Inn Hotel as 32-year-old Philomath resident Jeffrey Appelt. 

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Police say the man was armed with a knife and threatened to kill the involved officer. Video evidence shows Appelt advancing towards the officer with a knife.

Police say Appelt was ordered to drop the knife multiple times but did not cooperate. Appelt was struck multiple times, according to police. 

Hotel residents say they were shocked and couldn't believe that something like this would happen there. 

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"I was just stunned. I couldn't believe all this. There's been some commotion going on before but nothing like this,” Gina Brewer said.

Guest Hans Bertel said Appelt attempted to break into his room.

"He tried all the rooms and then police said to drop the knife and all of a sudden I hear a boom," said Bertel.

All of the involved officers in this shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol for CPD and consistent with statewide use of force protocol.

Investigation into this incident is ongoing and is being led by the Albany Police Department (APD), with help from the Benton County major crimes unit.

CPD said the department is committed to cooperating fully with the active case.

There is no other information available at this time.

Any updates on this matter will be released as it becomes available from APD and the Benton County District Attorney's office.

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