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OSP Investigating Non-Injury Philomath Officer Involved Shooting During Kidnap Attempt, Hostage Standoff
08/04/2008
Chief Ken Elwer
Philomath Police Department
Office: (541) 929-6911
 
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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Oregon State Police detectives are investigating a non-injury officer-involved shooting that occurred early Monday morning when a Philomath police officer responded to a reported burglary in progress and encountered the suspect behind the victim's residence. Following initial contact, the suspect fled into the victim's home and took a second hostage before surrendering several hours later following negotiations.
 
According to Philomath Police Department Chief Ken Elwer, on August 4, 2008 at approximately 12:53 a.m., a Philomath police officer responded to 245 S. 15th Street regarding a reported burglary in progress. The officer arrived and encountered the suspect, WILLIAM SCOTT MARTIN, age 49, from Philomath, armed with a handgun trying to force his ex-girlfriend, KRITSY A. SEITS, age 51,  into a pickup behind the residence. The suspect became distracted by the officer's arrival providing an opportunity for the female victim to run.
 
The Philomath police officer fired at least one round, missing the suspect who then ran back into the residence and took the first victim's mother, KATHLEEN SEITS, age 74,  hostage.
 
Officers from Philomath Police Department, Benton County Sheriff's Office, and Corvallis Police Department were dispatched to the scene, including members of the Linn County Sheriff's Office SWAT team along with their hostage negotiation team.
 
Following approximately two hours of negotiations, MARTIN surrendered without further incident and was taken into custody.
 
Neither victim was injured.
 
The involved officer, age 28, is a 2 1/2 year veteran with Philomath Police Department. The officer's name is withheld at this time. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
 
MARTIN will be lodged in Benton County Jail on the following charges:
  • Kidnapping in the First Degree (2 counts)
  • Burglary in the First Degree
  • Menacing
  • Disobeying a No Contact Order
 
Additional charges may be filed upon completion of the investigation. Philomath Police Chief Elwer requested OSP detectives conduct the investigation which will be forwarded to the Benton County District Attorney's Office when completed.