Police shootout with suspect in Oregon after car chase captured in dramatic video

A report of a stolen vehicle in Oregon on Saturday quickly morphed into a police chase that ended in a dramatic shootout -- caught on video -- and a person found dead inside a burnt-out car, officials said.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post the incident began around 6 p.m. when deputies received a report of a possible stolen vehicle at a Love’s Travel Stop along Interstate 5 in Roseburg. The vehicle had been reported stolen on March 7, and reportedly had multiple weapons, including a semi-automatic rifle, and ammunition inside.

Officers initially tried to stop the vehicle, but that only triggered a pursuit that ended on a nearby ranch's property, where the stolen car became stuck in a field.

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The driver started shooting at authorities, who returned fire. Video taken by a witness shows the flash of a gun firing as several shots ring out. Livestock at the ranch can be seen running as the gun battle continues.

The suspect got into a shootout with police after driving onto a ranch property and getting stuck in a field.

The suspect got into a shootout with police after driving onto a ranch property and getting stuck in a field. (Julie McCartt)

"I think that was the craziest thing I ever saw," Julie McCartt told FOX12

During the exchange of gunfire, the stolen car began to smoke -- and then caught on fire, according to police.

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McCartt told FOX12 that "within a matter of minutes" the vehicle went up in flames.

When they were able to approach the vehicle, police found the driver had died.

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No members of law enforcement were injured during the shootout, but officials said the involved officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in officer-involved shootings.

Investigators are now seeking assistance in determining the driver’s identity and said the incident remains under investigation by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team.