7 hour standoff in Oregon- K-9 wounded, suspect dead
Salem, Oregon- A man wanted on several warrants parked his bus in a Walmart parking lot in South Salem, on Friday. At around 11 am, police attempted to serve those warrants, when the man began shooting at police.
A seven hour stand off ensued. During that time, the man shot a police several times, at one point wounding the K-9 “Baco.” The dog was transported to an animal hospital,treated for his wounds, and released back to the handler.
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) April 25, 2015
Police exchanged gunfire with the suspect, who retreated back into his bus.
The Statesman Journal wrote,
During that time police worked to evacuate people from several businesses in the area, while other businesses, including Walmart, were locked down. Reports indicated that customers were allowed to leave Walmart, but employees were still inside as of 4:45 p.m.
[Lt. Dave] Okada said officers on the scene believed the suspect was alone in the vehicle, but it was thought that there may have been a woman with him earlier, before the standoff began.
During the standoff the man fired several shots at police from inside the bus, while police shot several rounds of tear gas into the vehicle.
More than 12 tear gas canisters were lobbed into the vehicle during the stand off. As the hours wore on, and police talked to him off and on. But the suspect refused to exit his bus.
The Oregon State Police, Marion County Sheriff’s Department, and the Portland Police Bureau arrived to add manpower and equipment to the incident. The SWAT team used an armored vehicle with a battering ram to “rip into the bus” and flush the man outside.
At 6:28 p, he eventually did exit the bus, and was shot by police. According to media accounts, police had been given the authorization to shoot the man if they had a clear shot. He was placed in custody and taken to a local hospital, but succumbed to his wounds.
Names have not yet been released. The Oregon State Police will be handling the officer-involved shooting.
Suspect wounded after 7-hour standoff in Salem, officers have loaded him on an armored vehicle pic.twitter.com/AH4Fk0vWls
— Sara Roth (@rothsara) April 25, 2015