PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police spokesman Capt. Bill Fugate (FEW-gate) has been placed on leave because he is the subject of a criminal investigation.

Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson says his office began the investigation late Tuesday after receiving an anonymous tip. Nelson provided no details about the investigation, but said it has nothing to do with Fugate’s conduct while on the job.

Fugate is on paid administrative leave. That would change to unpaid if he is charged with a crime.

OSP Superintendent Travis Hampton says he is confident that Deschutes County investigators will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

Fugate has been with the agency for almost 11 years.

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