Shooting involving officers at Marion County truck stop leaves 1 dead, officer injured

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A 27-year-old Portland man was shot and killed and a Woodburn police officer was injured after multiple gunshots during a four-hour standoff at a truck stop in Marion County on Monday morning.

Officials identified Micaiah Clinton as the victim of the shooting Monday afternoon. Woodburn Police Officer Jesse Ponce was struck and injured in the shooting and underwent surgery at a hospital, but is in stable condition, police said.

Oregon State Police provided little information about the circumstances leading to the shooting in a Monday night update. They did not say who shot and killed Clinton, whether Clinton had a gun, or how Ponce was injured.

At least one officer, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Morrow, fired his weapon during the shooting, according to Oregon State Police. He was placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol after the law enforcement shootings.

A deputy U.S. marshal asked deputies to respond to the truck stop at 6:15 a.m. after Clinton was seen in the parking lot, state police said. Court records show Clinton was facing charges of fleeing a police officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm, stemming from two separate arrests in 2021, and there was a warrant for his arrest. him.

Clinton barricaded himself in a van, officials said, prompting deputies to call the Marion County Interagency SWAT team for assistance.

The SWAT team tried to coax Clinton out of the van for more than three hours before deploying gas munitions, state police said. At around 10:50 a.m., Clinton left the van and “several shots were fired,” according to state police. They did not say who fired those shots.

The shooting is being investigated by Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

This is the third shooting by an officer in Marion County this year. Salem police have shot and killed two people this year, one on February 7 and one on April 11.

— Jayati Ramakrishnan

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