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Apartment Shooting ** Update - Victim Identification ** - 05/16/18

**Update**

The two victim's from the apartment shooting on NE Echo Ct. have been identified as Jose Gaeta, age 20 of Newport and Tristan Smith, age 20 of Newport.  Both Gaeta and Smith were residents at the apartment complex.  Prior to the shooting, Gaeta and Smith were invovled in a verbal dispute with TOMES' family over on going noise complaints at the apartment complex.  TOMES retrieved a rifle from his vehicle and fired multiple round at Gaeta and Smith.  Both Gaeta and Smith suffered bullet wounds.  Gaeta and Smith were able to retreat to a nearby apartment and later removed by on scene officers.

At the time of release, Gaeta and Smith were continuing to receive medical treatment for their injuries.

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**Update**

At about 2:21 AM, OSP SWAT Negotiators made phone contact with the suspect, Franklin L. TOMES, age 59 of Newport. After a brief negotiation, TOMES voluntarily surrendered.  TOMES was taken into custody without further incident.

TOMES was transported to the Lincoln County Jail, where he was lodged on initial charges of Attempted Murder x2 and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

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On May 15, 2018, at about 9:14 PM, Newport Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of NE Echo Ct. 

While responding to the area, officers learned two persons had been shot.  Officers arrived on scene and found two victims were shot over a neighborhood dispute.  The suspect was reported to have retreated into his apartment.  Officers secured the area and set a perimeter around the suspect's apartment.  Officers were able to coordiate getting the two shooting victims from their aparment.  The two victims were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Newport, and later transferred to Corvallis for treatment.  At the time of report, the victims were reported to be in stable condition.

Officers from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Toledo Police Department and Oregon State Police responded to assist.  Oregon State Police responded with their SWAT unit to further assist. 

At the time of report, the area was secure.  Officers worked on evacuating residents from neighboring apartments. Officers remain on scene and will attempt contact with the suspect. The incident remains under investigation.

Allen Mugshot
Allen Mugshot
Escape/Resisting Arrest (Photo) - 05/08/18

On May 7th, 2018 the Newport Police Department responded to the area of the Lincoln County Jail on the report of a wanted subject fleeing from the Lincoln County Parole and Probation Office.

 Officers learned Aaron Christopher Allen, 24 of Newport, had a valid outstanding warrant for his arrest, and fled the area in an attempt to avoid capture. Officers observed Allen running southbound past the Newport Post Office and attempted to contact him there, but Allen again avoided capture.

 Two Parole and Probation Officers observed Allen walking southbound in the 400 block of SW Coast Hwy. Officers responded to the area and attempted to take Allen into custody. As Allen was being taken into custody, he struck a parole and probation officer in the face. Allen was  detained and arrested without further incident.

  Allen was arrested at the scene and lodged in the Lincoln County Jail for the following charges;

 Aaron Christopher Allen, 24

  • Escape 3rd Degree
  • Assaulting A Public Service Officer
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Warrant – Parole/ Probation Violation

 

Attached Media Files: Allen Mugshot