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Newport 911 dispatchers guide victim to safety


On August 15th, 2018, Newport Police Department Officers were dispatched to a call on report of a subject, later identified as Christopher Michael Schaffer, 27 of Toledo, menacing another driver with a firearm.

The victim accidentally cut Schaffer off in traffic. Schaffer then began tailgating and following the victim through town. Schaffer then brandished a handgun and pointed it at the victim. The victim made several turns trying to elude Schaffer, but he continued to follow the victim.

The victim called 911 and was instructed by dispatchers to drive to the Newport Police Department. Officers were on scene and conducted a traffic stop on Schaffer’s vehicle.

Officers detained Schaffer and located a handgun in the dash of Schaffer’s vehicle.

Schaffer was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for the following charges:

  • Menacing x 2
  • Pointing a Firearm at Another
  • Unlawful use of a Weapon
  • Unlawful Possession of Weapon – Concealed
  • Disorderly Conduct
Justin Werner
Justin Werner
Justin Werner is the founder and editor of the Lincoln City Homepage, a trusted source of local news and information for residents and visitors of Lincoln City, Oregon. He is also a community leader, entrepreneur, and dedicated advocate for transparency and accountability in local government.


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