Sheriff: 'Human remains' found in burning stolen car after shootout with police

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    ROSEBURG, Ore. - Deputies are working to identify the person involved in a stolen vehicle chase that ended in a shootout and car fire outside the city of Roseburg on Saturday night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

    The incident started about 6 p.m. when emergency dispatchers received reports of a stolen car spotted at the Love's truck stop along I-5 at the Highway 99 interchange.

    The vehicle was reported as stolen from Eugene on Thursday and “contained multiple weapons and ammunition, to include a semi-automatic rifle,” the sheriff’s office said.

    Douglas County deputies and Oregon State Police troopers arrived as the driver was leaving the Love’s location, and a short police chase ensued.

    Officers say the stolen vehicle ended up stuck in a field at a nearby ranch, and deputies say the driver started shooting. Law enforcement returned fire, and the stolen car started smoking and caught fire.

    “Law enforcement later confirmed the presence of human remains in the vehicle,” authorities said.

    No law enforcement officers were hurt in the shootout. Those involved were placed on administrative leave, as is typical officer-involved shooting protocol.

    Investigators are still working to determine the driver’s identity.

    The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is working the investigation, with Roseburg Police as the lead agency on the shooting.

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