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Shooting in Salem today!!

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by SONALB, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. SONALB

    SONALB Albany,OR Member

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    Briefly caught a short segment of a Woodburn officer shot, and later in Salem the 'perp' being taken down. Anyone have more details?
     
  2. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    http://www.nwcn.com/home/Oregon-police-officer--89596797.html

    by TERESA BLACKMAN / KGW.com
    Posted on March 31, 2010 at 7:13 AM
    Updated today at 2:19 PM
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    WOODBURN, Ore. -- A suspect and a Woodburn police sergeant were wounded in a shooting late Tuesday night, police said.
    It happened as six Woodburn officers were searching for "person of interest" in a burglary investigation just after 11 p.m.
    The officers were looking for Billy Jack Gray at the Cambridge Apartment Complex, when all of the sudden, Gray opened fire, according to Lt. Gregg Hastings with Oregon State Police.
    Gray came out of a second-story unit firing multiple rounds from a handgun as he came down the narrow stairwell toward the parking lot, Hastings said.
    Sgt. John Mikkola was hit by ìmore than one round,î according to Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers. But he still managed to fire several rounds toward Gray.
    Then, Gray ran toward a nearby strip mall, firing at least one more round at two other Woodburn officers as he fled, Hastings said.
    The officers called for backup and Marion County deputies swarmed the area. Moments later, Deputy Ron Cereghino spotted the suspect behind the Outback Steakhouse Restaurant and shot him.
    "The officer yelled, 'Stop, put your hands up! Stop, put your hands up!' And it looked like he [the suspect] pulled up his shirt and then it sounded like four shots were fired and the guy went down," witness David Brown told KGW.
    Both the officer and the suspect survived the shooting. Sgt.Mikkola, 49, was in fair condition at Salem Memorial Hospital at last report, and Gray was in critical condition. Cereghino was not injured.
    "We are very relieved to hear that the officer survived. We stand behind our deputy. He responded to this dangerous situation according to his training and within our policy and the laws governing the use of deadly force," Myers said.
    Oregon State Police were leading the investigation into the shootings, in cooperation with the Marion County District Attorneyís office.
    It all started last weekend
    Lt. Hastings said the initial burglary investigation began on Saturday, March 27 when two guns were stolen from a Woodburn home. A suspect was arrested after that burglary and investigators also identified Gray as a ìperson of interestî who they wanted to question.
    A clue in the case indicated that Gray could be at an apartment at 3744 Sunnyview Road NE, so thatís why Mikkola and the other five officers went to that location late Tuesday night.
    In the light of day, bullet holes could be seen in the front door of the apartment at that address.
    Myers said Gray was shot in the 2200 block of Lancaster Drive NE., less than 10 minutes after Mikkola was wounded.
    Officers immediately gave medical aid to Gray until paramedics arrived, Myers said, and two handguns were also seized from him.
    Mikkola, 49, has been with the Woodburn Police Department for more than 12 years and serves as a supervisor as well as a part-time spokesman for the bureau. Cereghino, 40, has been with the Marion County Sheriffís office for more than 11 years.
    Police said Gray, 23, was wanted on a felony parole violation. His DMV records list his home address as Hillsboro.
    Myers shared a timeline of events with OSP and the media.
     
  3. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    MCSO press release from about 0400 this morning

     
  4. Ben Beckerich

    Ben Beckerich NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    looks like we've got some crossed wires
     
  5. wayoutwest

    wayoutwest Polk County, Oregon Active Member

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    OSP press release