September 29, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
The interagency Marion County Homicide Assault Response Team (HART) is investigating a Friday night officer-involved shooting by Woodburn police officers that injured a 20-year old Hispanic male in Woodburn. The responding officers were not injured and the man is being treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Investigators are asking for contact from any unidentified witnesses including a male described as late teen's to early 20's in age who was walking on a sidewalk and the man reportedly pointed the firearm at prior to police contact. Anyone with information is asked to call NORCOM dispatch at (503) 982-2340.
Updated information indicates on September 28, 2012 at approximately 9:30 p.m. the NORCOM dispatch center in Woodburn received multiple reports of a man armed with a shotgun firing rounds outside a residence in the 1100 block of 5th Street. Information received also indicated the man pointed the firearm at passing vehicles and at least one person walking in the area.
Three Woodburn police officers responded and encountered the armed man near the street. During the encounter at least one officer and the man fired shots. The man was injured and transported to Salem Hospital for treatment.
The names of the involved officers and the injured male are not being released at this time. Any additional information will be released with the authorization of the Marion County District Attorney's Office. No other updates anticipated until names are to be released, which may not happened this weekend unless authorized.
According to Woodburn Police Chief Scott Russell, the three officers are placed on paid administrative leave, a standard procedure during this type of an investigation.
HART team investigators involved in this investigation are from Oregon State Police (OSP), Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police Department, Hubbard Police Department, and Woodburn Police Department. Marion County District Attorney's Office is on scene assisting investigators. OSP Criminal Investigation Division is the lead agency.
An approximate four block section of 5th Street is closed during the scene investigation.