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Salem Police Investigating OSP Use of Force Incident During Search Warrant Service
06/16/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Lieutenant David Okada
Salem Police Department
Public Information Officer
(503) 588-6073

Questions regarding the use of force investigation should be directed to Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jodi Bureta at (503) 588-5158.
 
Questions regarding the narcotics investigation should be directed to U.S. Attorney's Office, Public Information Officer: Gerri Badden at (503) 727-1033.
 
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Salem Police Department, with the assistance of the Marion County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation into circumstances related to an injury to a 16-year old Salem male early Wednesday morning. The address and other names are not released at this time because of the ongoing federal narcotics investigation.
 
On June 16, 2010 at approximately 6:00 a.m. OSP SWAT team members were assisting with the execution of multiple search warrants in the Salem area as part of an ongoing multi-agency Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) narcotics investigation. Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT team members were serving one of the search warrants in northeast Salem when upon entry into a residence troopers encountered a 16-year old male who physically resisted efforts to take him into custody.
 
OSP Senior Trooper Jeromy Hasenkamp tasered Steven Avila, age 16, when he continued to physically resist. After a brief period of continued resistance, Avila became unconscious. An OSP SWAT medic, with help from other SWAT troopers, started emergency medical care. Salem Fire Department paramedics responded and worked with OSP SWAT members before he was initially taken by ambulance to Salem Hospital, then transferred to Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland. Avila lives in southeast Salem and is reportedly in critical condition.
 
An adult male and adult female were also at the residence. The adult male was arrested without incident.
 
Senior Trooper Hasenkamp, age 34, is on a modified duty status during the Salem police investigation. The placement on this administrative leave is standard procedure in this type of an incident. Hasenkamp joined OSP in 1999 and is assigned to the Patrol Services Division at the St. Helens work site. He has also been assigned on the OSP SWAT team for approximately 6 years.