On January 1, 2021 just before 10:00am, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Silver Lake, Oregon after receiving a report of an armed robbery at a gas station and convenience store. An employee at the business reported that a male suspect had just brandished a firearm and threatened to kill people before taking the contents of the cash register and fleeing in a small compact car with Nevada license plates. The vehicle and suspect description were relayed to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and to the Oregon State Police. Before law enforcement officers located the suspect and vehicle they received additional information that he was in Paisley, OR and continuing south towards Highway 395.
At approximately 10:45 am, deputies and troopers successfully deployed spike strips on Highway 31 north of Valley Falls, OR. The suspect continued to flee and later came to a forced stop. Law enforcement officers, knowing the suspect was armed, began giving commands to Isaac Matheney (age 37), who reportedly refused to comply with those commands. Following a brief stand-off, Matheney was fatally shot by law enforcement officers. The weapon used in the robbery was later determined to be a realistic replica rifle which was recovered at the scene. All involved officers from the Oregon State Police and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office have been placed on administrative leave by their respective agencies pending completion of the investigation.
Responding to a request from Lake County officials, the Klamath County Sheriffs Office and the Klamath Falls Police Department, both members of the Klamath County Major Crime Team, were called to assist in the investigation as uninvolved agencies.
No further information is available at this time pending completion of the ongoing investigation.