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TODAY   |  October 04, 2013

Gunman shoots at police with 3 kids in car, video shows

Dash-cam footage shows gunman John Allen being pulled over for a routine stop in Oregon and firing shots at a state trooper for an unknown reason while his three children were in the car. Allen was shot and killed by the trooper. NBC’s Miguel Almaguer reports.

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>>> on police shoot out on an oregon highway . it left a father of three dead and officer injured. we should warn you the video is disturbing. miguel almaguer has the story.

>> reporter: it started as a routine traffic stop outside portland oregon .

>> please get back in the car for me.

>> reporter: but in seconds.

>> sir, get back in the car for me.

>> the exchange became deadly. he opened fire on a state trooper for no apparent reason.

>> there were words exchanged there on the side of the freeway but it happened very quickly.

>> reporter: dressed in fatigues said to be in the army allen appears to empty his clip. the state trooper , who survived, was amazingly just shot once. allen took a bullet to the chest but stayed on his feet.

>> 5326 shots fired. i've been hit in the side. i'm okay. suspect left.

>> reporter: allen was found slumped over in his car a half mile away. also in the vehicle, allen 's three children, 10, 13, and 15 that were not injured.

>> it's upsetting because he was trying to take his children on a road trip .

>> reporter: the case into the dramatic shooting is now closed but what triggered the gunman may never be known. for today, miguel almaguer, nbc news, los