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Hermiston Man Charged With Attempted Murder of OSP Sergeant, Umatilla County Deputy


November 13, 2013


The following is a news release from Umatilla County Sheriff's Office

On Tuesday, November 12, 2013, the Umatilla County District Attorney's Office charged TIMOTHY JEREMIAH COPENHAVER, age 25, from Hermiston, with two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder. The charges stem from an incident on the morning of November 5th at 81371 N. Golda Road in Hermiston.

During the incident, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Smith responded to the address after residents reported COPENHAVER was arguing with them and causing a disturbance. While investigating the complaint, Deputy Smith, who was alone on the call, learned COPENHAVER had arrest warrants out of Klamath Falls, Oregon and Ada County, Idaho. When Deputy Smith attempted to arrest COPENHAVER, he resisted and attacked Deputy Smith. During the attack, COPENHAVER tried to forcefully remove the deputy's handgun from its holster and threatened several times to kill him.

While engaged in a violent struggle with COPENHAVER, Deputy Smith protected his weapon until Oregon State Police Sergeant Seth Cooney arrived. COPENHAVER continued to resist and fight for the deputy's gun while threatening to kill both officers. Sergeant Cooney deployed a Taser and incapcitated COPENHAVER, allowing both officers to restrain and take him into custody. He was lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.

At the request of both agencies, Hermiston Police Department was the lead investigating agency.