Woodburn police officer recovering from deadly shooting at Aurora truck stop

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PORTLAND, Oregon (KPTV) — A Woodburn police officer is recovering at Legacy Emanuel Hospital after an officer fired at a Flying J truck stop in Aurora.

The incident began shortly after 6:15 a.m. Monday at the truck stop, located at 12334 Ehlen Road Northeast, when a suspect wanted for possession of a firearm and attempting to evade police, identified as Micaiah Clinton, 27 year-old, from Portland, was spotted outside the truck stop, according to the sheriff’s office. Clinton then barricaded himself inside a vehicle and SWAT responded to the scene.

After attempts to persuade Clinton to surrender failed, Oregon State Police said gas munitions were fired into the van. Clinton then exited the vehicle around 10:50 a.m. and several shots were fired. Clinton was fatally shot and Officer Ponce of Woodburn was seriously injured, according to OSP.

Officer Ponce’s father spoke briefly to FOX 12, saying he got to see his son briefly on Tuesday. His father also confirmed that despite the severity of his condition, he is fine but will need further surgery on Wednesday.

Ponce grew up in central Oregon and worked as a security guard supervisor in Portland before joining the Woodburn department.

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