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Homicide Investigation in Ontario

March 14, 2014


The following is information provided by Ontario Police Department

The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division is lead an investigation with the assistance of Ontario Police Department, Malheur County Sheriff's Office, Nyssa Police Department, and Malheur County District Attorney's Office into a homicide that occurred early Friday morning in the west parking lot of St. Alphonsus Medical Center in Ontario. The suspect was taken into custody later this morning in Nyssa.

On March 14, 2014 at approximately 3:30 a.m., Ontario Police Department responded to a reported shooting in the hospital parking lot. The victim, DALE JOSEPH WRIGHT, age 42, from Ontario, was allegedly shot by JUAN CARLOS LOPEZ, age 24, from Ontario. Both men are known to each other and had arrived at the hospital together.

WRIGHT was taken into the hospital and pronounced deceased.

LOPEZ fled the scene and drove over the victim in the process of leaving. He was located and arrested at a home in Nyssa. LOPEZ was lodged in the Malheur County Jail for Murder.

An autopsy is scheduled March 15 with the Oregon State Medical Examiner.

Questions regarding the investigation should be directed to Ontario Police Chief Mark Alexander at (541) 889-5312 ext. 2303.

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