SALEM, Ore. — A 37-year-old man has been charged with trying to kill a Keizer police sergeant during a traffic stop.

The Salem man appeared in court Monday on several charges, including attempted aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Authorities say the sergeant had been trying to stop a speeding vehicle Friday when the suspect jumped from the moving vehicle.

The officer reported that the suspect got into a “shooting stance” while holding a black object in his hand that authorities later determined was a handgun.

Police say the suspect pointed the gun at the sergeant and tried to fire it, but the gun never discharged.

The suspect ran from the scene but was later caught and taken into custody.

Police say they recovered a pistol from some nearby bushes.

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