Domestic disturbance with armed suspect leads to pursuit, officer-involved shooting in Sandy; suspect treated with minor injuries, released to detectives, jailed

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: June 9, 2015, 3:35 p.m.



Please reference CCSO Case # 15-15774

Booking photo: Stephen Philip Burlison, 29, of SandyAt 11:30 p.m. on Monday, June 8, 2015, a female called 911 to report a domestic disturbance between her and a boyfriend -- Stephen Philip Burlison, 29, of Sandy -- at her residence in the 38000 block of Hwy. 211 in the City of Sandy.

Officers from Sandy Police responded, along with deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

The female 911 caller reported that her boyfriend was armed with a handgun and was preventing her from leaving the address. The caller's father reportedly pulled out a firearm to protect the caller -- and according to the caller at one point both Burlison and the caller's father were pointing handguns at each other.

As officers and deputies responded to the area, the caller reported that suspect Burlison had left in a blue SUV after pointing a handgun at both the caller and her father. Suspect Burlison also reportedly shot at the caller and her father with a BB rifle as he was driving away, but missed.

Sheriff's Office deputies located the vehicle traveling on Hwy. 211. They attempted to stop the vehicle, assisted by Sandy Police officers. There was a short pursuit that reached speeds exceeding 80 mph.

The chase reportedly included the suspect driving the SUV through a berry field, returning to the address of the original alleged domestic disturbance, and then pursuing the female caller as she departed the scene in her own vehicle.

The chase ended when the male stopped his vehicle to block the female caller's car near Hwy. 211 and SE Martin Rd. Fearing for her safety, one of the pursuing deputies used his patrol vehicle to push the male's vehicle forward and away from the female.

Shots were then fired at the crash scene by deputies after Burlison reportedly pointed a handgun out of the vehicle. Burlison was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. He was treated for those injuries -- and quickly released into the custody of Sheriff's Office detectives.

Stephen Philip Burlison, 29, of Sandy, was booked at the Clackamas County Jail on charges that include two counts of Menacing, two counts of Pointing A Firearm at Another, one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and one count of Eluding a Police Officer.

Stephen Philip Burlison's full booking info is here. Total bail is set at $52,000.

The Clackamas County Inter-agency Major Crimes Team, Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detectives responded to the scene to investigate.

The deputy involved in the shooting is now on paid administrative leave -- which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting.

The names of the involved deputies are not being released at this time. The investigation is ongoing. 


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Contact Info:
Sergeant Nathan Thompson
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office