Wounded officer, suspect wanted dead after shooting in clash at truck stop near Aurora

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AURORA, Ore. (KPTV) – A Woodburn police officer was rushed to hospital and a suspect died after a shooting during a standoff at the Flying J Travel Center near Aurora on Monday, according to the bureau of the Marion County Sheriff.

The incident began just after 6:15 a.m. 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 years, from Portland, was spotted. in front of 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. A Woodburn Police Department officer was shot and seriously injured according to OSP, but is in stable condition at a local hospital.

“WPD is pleased to report that Officer Ponce is discharged from surgery and is resting comfortably in hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery,” Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher said. We greatly appreciate all the help we received this morning from EMS and our fellow law enforcement officers.”

Clinton was fatally shot by a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy who has since been placed on administrative leave per protocol. Medical personnel attempted to provide medical assistance at the scene, but the suspect did not survive.

“I have never seen a scene like this before not here. Something out of the ordinary,” said Chelsea St. Clair. “I’m scared, it scares me. You know, it could have been anyone and knowing that he shot an officer… it’s like why? There are other ways to get around it and not only hurt one family, but also hurt two in the process.

No additional information has been released by the Sheriff’s Office at this time. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Oregon State Police will investigate.

Ehlen Road will be closed between Bents Court Northeast and Butteville Road while authorities are on scene. People were asked to avoid the area and find alternate routes.

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