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Update: Woodburn Explosives Investigation - Suspect Information
12/15/2008
(The following is a news release from Marion County District Attorney's Office)
 
The Marion County District Attorney's Office is releasing suspect information in connection with the investigation into the killing of two Oregon police officers, critical injury to a police chief and an injury to a bank employee.
Joshua Abraham Turnidge 
Sunday night, December 14, 2008, members of the interagency investigation team arrested Joshua Abraham Turnidge, DOB 6/18/76, in North Salem for Manufacture of a Destructive Device, Possession of Destructive Device, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder, two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder, and six counts of Aggravated Murder. 
 
Joshua Abraham Turnidge is the person shown in the photograph released by investigators last night. Turnidge is known to have resided in the Salem area.
 
While the arrest was not the direct result of a tip from the public, investigators remain very interested in any information the public can provide. Anyone who may have knowledge about these crimes should call the new tip line at 1-888-780-5678. The offer of a $35,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime remains open. 
 
Members of the interagency investigative team are continuing to work round the clock. We appreciate the sensitivity shown to the decision to delay immediate release of the suspect's identity in order to protect the integrity of the investigation and the safety of the officer's conducting this important work.
 
Turnidge will be arraigned on Tuesday, December 15, at 8:30 AM at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy in Salem, Oregon. The defendant will be personally present in court; not on video. The Court will allow only 1 video camera in the courtroom; media agencies will be required share the feed. The Court will allow still cameras but flashes are forbidden and photographers will not be allowed to move about the Courtroom.
 
Any questions on media access to the Courtroom should be referred either to Trial Court Administrator Diane Morse or Court Staff Supervisor Gina Courson.
 
Any additional information will be provided by the Marion County District Attorney's Office.
 
Contact Info: Any additional information will be provided by the Marion County District Attorney's Office; however, calls to the Marion County Sheriff's Office PIO Pager between 3 PM and 4 PM will be returned today by the interagency PIO team. The MCSO PIO Pager can be reached at (503) 370-2181.
 
Photograph Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office