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Active shooting incident in progress (Photo) - 04/24/15
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04-24-15/9:05 pm

Shortly after 11:00 am on April 24, Salem Police Officers made contact with a person whom they believed to be wanted near the parking area of the Walmart store located at 1940 Turner Rd SE. During the contact with the male suspect, he fled into a bus that had been converted into a recreational vehicle and refused to comply with commands to come out.

Officer Trevor Morrison and his canine Baco also responded to assist. The suspect came out of the vehicle and there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and the officers. No officers were injured, but Baco was shot in the head and the suspect retreated back into the vehicle. Baco was evacuated for emergency veterinary care as officers secured the area. Baco was released a short time later with only minor injury and was cleared to go home.

Officers from Salem Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police all responded to the scene to set a safety perimeter and assist.

The Salem Police Department SWAT Team responded, secured the area and immediately began negotiating with the suspect in an effort to get him to surrender. Negotiators spoke with the suspect for several hours in an effort to get him to surrender peacefully. He also fired multiple shots from the vehicle out towards officers, at one time narrowly missing a SWAT officer.

As the negotiations and shots continued, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and Portland Police Bureau sent additional tactical officers and equipment to assist in the situation.

After several hours of negotiations, tactical officers used specialized vehicles to open up the walls of the vehicle in order to be able to see where the suspect was and what he was doing. Once the inside of the vehicle was exposed, the suspect refused to comply and continued to brandish a handgun. At that time, approximately 6:28 pm, tactical officers fired at the suspect and were able to eventually take him into custody. No officers were injured.

The suspect is not being identified at this time and he has since died of his injuries. The Salem Police officers involved in the initial incident were Officers Chad Galusha, Officer Robert Owings, Corporal Tim Dezotell and Canine Officer Trevor Morrison. The tactical officers involved in the shooting of the suspect are Officer Joshua Edmiston, Officer Vincent Dawson and Officer Sean Bennett

As standard procedure, the Salem Police Department has requested the Oregon State Police investigate this incident, and the investigation will continue in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney's Office as is standard procedure for incidents of this nature. The officers directly involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave as standard protocol following a traumatic use of force incident.

Further media information will be through the Oregon State Police.



04-24-15/3:40 pm

The situation on Turner Rd is still an active tactical situation. The suspect has fired more shots from inside of the vehicle, but there have been no further injuries.

Lt Okada will be at Mission St/Turner Rd at 4:00 pm to provide further interviews as needed


04-24-15/3:05 pm

Tactical teams are continuing efforts to resolve the situation on Turner Rd SE. This remains a tactical and dynamic situation. Further information will be released as it becomes available.



The Salem Police canine that was injured in today's incident is Baco. Baco has been treated at an animal hospital and has been released to go home. Baco's handler is Officer Trevor Morrison.



***** Lt Okada will be available for media interviews at 12:30 pm near the north perimeter of the incident, Mission St/Turner Rd


The Salem Police Department is on scene at a shooting incident in the 1900 block of Turner Rd. SE. Shots have been exchanged, and a Salem Police canine has been injured. No Salem police officers have been injured.

This is an active tactical situation, please avoid the area until further notice. Furthermore, because the situation is evolving tactically, we ask that those in the vicinity refrain from posting information about the incident.

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Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore Honored With Prestigious Award (Photo) - 04/16/15
Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore was honored at the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) conference in Bend on April 15 with the prestigious Karlyn Campbell award.

The award is presented to the member who has provided exemplary service and support to OACP and has distinguished themselves as a mentor to others in the organization. The recipient offers guidance and encouragement to those around them and displays a nurturing nature that cultivates professional growth. Emblazoned on the impressive award was the following inscription, "You have always displayed a compassionate mentoring demeanor, offering guidance and encouragement to those around you. Your nurturing nature has cultivated the professional growth of numerous law enforcement executives in our association."

OACP was formed in 1953 with a mission to promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon. The Association is proud to have over 200 members consisting of not only chiefs of police, but also other law enforcement and public sector partners.
Salem Police to Continue Specialized DUII Enforcement Campaigns - 04/08/15
The Salem Police Department will be continuing with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under The Influence of Intoxicants.

The overtime patrols shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, will continue to focus on the very dangerous issue of driving while impaired. On March 6th, an officer who was working on one of these focused patrols arrested one person for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants while issuing an additional 19 citations and warnings to other drivers for other violations.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
Salem Police Warn of Scam with Suspects Claiming to be Law Enforcement - 04/04/15
The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about a telephone scam that was recently reported where callers represented themselves to be FBI Agents and Chief Jerry Moore of the Salem Police Department.

The intended victim in this case is an elderly victim who reported that he received a phone call at his residence on the afternoon of March 31, 2015. The victim's caller ID showed the call as coming from "US Government." The caller identified himself as "Agent George Mason" of the FBI and provided a badge number. The caller told the victim that he had won the Publisher's Clearninghouse Sweepstakes but their information showed the victim was deceased, and the victim needed to send $1,000 to establish his identity and prove he was still alive. The victim was immediately suspicious of the call, and even more so when the caller told him that the intended victim should wire the money to the victim's own wife, who was actually with the victim at his residence, in Mexico because the winnings had been involved in some type of fraud.

The astute victim told the caller that he didn't believe him and said that he would not send any money anywhere until he spoke with the "Police Chief." Within an hour the victim got a call with the caller ID showing "City of Salem." This caller identified himself as "Police Chief Jerry Moore," who assured the victim that he had spoken with Agent Mason, that the call from Agent Mason was legitimate and that the FBI was waiting for the victim's $1,000.

The victim next received a phone call on April 2 from a male claiming to be "Jerry Moore" at the Salem Police Department, who told the victim that he had contacted Publisher's Clearinghouse and that this was not a scam and the victim had really won. The caller congratulated the victim and promised to be in touch later. Soon after, the victim received another call from "Agent Mason," who said he had been in touch with "Jerry Moore" and again instructed the victim to wire $1,000 to the victim's wife in Mexico.

The victim wisely did not wire any money anywhere but instead came to the Salem Police Department to report the incident. He did receive one more call with the caller ID showing the number for the main FBI office in Washington, DC.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that there are multiple types of phone scams that occur on a regular basis. Often times the suspects will impersonate police officers as this one did, and the suspects even use phone spoofing technology to make the call appear to be from legitimate law enforcement agencies. In past phone scams, some of the suspects have used names of other Salem Police Officers. Scammers will also sometimes include links to bogus websites that look very realistic, but are in place to give potential victims a false sense of legitimacy to the call or to get victims to give personal information such as passwords or account information.

Government agencies will not typically endorse nor confirm sweepstakes winnings. If someone claims to be from a government agency and gives you a name, don't be fooled by official sounding titles or caller ID readings. Look up the number for that agency independently either on the internet or from a phone book and call only the numbers you find there and report the incident. Never give out account or password information over the phone or internet. Anyone with a legitimate need to know will already have that information. Lastly, never send or wire money anywhere unless you can absolutely verify to whom you are sending it and that the person is legitimate. Always verify information independently through the use of the internet or phone book instead of using links or numbers that are sent to you.
Salem Police Warn of Scam with Suspects Claiming to be Law Enforcement - 04/04/15
The Salem Police Department would like to warn the public about a telephone scam that was recently reported where callers represented themselves to be FBI Agents and Chief Jerry Moore of the Salem Police Department.

The intended victim in this case is an elderly victim who reported that he received a phone call at his residence on the afternoon of March 31, 2015. The victim's caller ID showed the call as coming from "US Government." The caller identified himself as "Agent George Mason" of the FBI and provided a badge number. The caller told the victim that he had won the Publisher's Clearninghouse Sweepstakes but their information showed the victim was deceased, and the victim needed to send $1,000 to establish his identity and prove he was still alive. The victim was immediately suspicious of the call, and even more so when the caller told him that the intended victim should wire the money to the victim's own wife, who was actually with the victim at his residence, in Mexico because the winnings had been involved in some type of fraud.

The astute victim told the caller that he didn't believe him and said that he would not send any money anywhere until he spoke with the "Police Chief." Within an hour the victim got a call with the caller ID showing "City of Salem." This caller identified himself as "Police Chief Jerry Moore," who assured the victim that he had spoken with Agent Mason, that the call from Agent Mason was legitimate and that the FBI was waiting for the victim's $1,000.

The victim next received a phone call on April 2 from a male claiming to be "Jerry Moore" at the Salem Police Department, who told the victim that he had contacted Publisher's Clearinghouse and that this was not a scam and the victim had really won. The caller congratulated the victim and promised to be in touch later. Soon after, the victim received another call from "Agent Mason," who said he had been in touch with "Jerry Moore" and again instructed the victim to wire $1,000 to the victim's wife in Mexico.

The victim wisely did not wire any money anywhere but instead came to the Salem Police Department to report the incident. He did receive one more call with the caller ID showing the number for the main FBI office in Washington, DC.

The Salem Police Department would like to remind the public that there are multiple types of phone scams that occur on a regular basis. Often times the suspects will impersonate police officers as this one did, and the suspects even use phone spoofing technology to make the call appear to be from legitimate law enforcement agencies. In past phone scams, some of the suspects have used names of other Salem Police Officers. Scammers will also sometimes include links to bogus websites that look very realistic, but are in place to give potential victims a false sense of legitimacy to the call or to get victims to give personal information such as passwords or account information.

Government agencies will not typically endorse nor confirm sweepstakes winnings. If someone claims to be from a government agency and gives you a name, don't be fooled by official sounding titles or caller ID readings. Look up the number for that agency independently either on the internet or from a phone book and call only the numbers you find there and report the incident. Never give out account or password information over the phone or internet. Anyone with a legitimate need to know will already have that information. Lastly, never send or wire money anywhere unless you can absolutely verify to whom you are sending it and that the person is legitimate. Always verify information independently through the use of the internet or phone book instead of using links or numbers that are sent to you.
Salem Police Looking For Missing, Possibly Endangered Woman - 04/03/15
Salem Police Detectives are asking for assistance from the public as we search for 66-year old Virgie Mae Henry.

Virgie does not have a permanent address, but she was most recently staying with an acquaintance in southeast Salem. She was frequently seen in the neighborhood where she had been staying, but she has not been seen since January 8 as she was leaving her residence. It is unusual for her to go for this long without any contact with friends or relatives.

Virgie is a Black female with grey hair. She is approximately 5'07" tall and weighs about 100 lbs. It is unknown what she was last wearing.

Anyone with any information about Virgie or her whereabouts is asked to call Salem Police Detective Corporal Jake Burke at 503-540-2463
Attached Media Files: Virgie_Henry_photo.doc
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Two Arrested Following Drug Raid (Photo) - 04/01/15
The Salem Police Department's Street Crimes Unit served a search warrant shortly after 7:00 this morning at 905 21st St SE. Taken into custody was Tana Peoples, 50 years of age, and her husband Theodore Peoples, 57 years of age. Tana was charged with three counts each of Possession, as well as Distribution, of Methamphetamine. Theodore was charged with one count of Possession, as well as Distribution, of Methamphetamine. Both were lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility. Theodore's booking photo was not available at the time of this release.
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New online reporting service from Salem Police to launch tomorrow (Photo) - 03/31/15
On April 1, 2015, the Salem Police Department will unveil a new online reporting service to enable Salem residents to easily file reports for certain crimes that do not require a police officer to respond.

The department's Telephone Reporting Office (TRO) is responsible for taking all reports for incidents that do not require the presence of an officer. "The most common reports we handle are thefts from vehicles or criminal mischief," said TRO supervisor Jessica Savey. These types of cases frequently do not have a suspect, and thus, no leads for an officer to investigate. Staff call each victim to take the details of the incident, and create a report. The victim is then provided with a case number which is most commonly provided to insurance companies.

The new service, known as the Community Online Police Reporting (COPR) system, will help TRO staff more efficiently handle the processing of these types of calls by allowing the victim to log on and initiate a report. "Due to the high call volume, citizens sometimes wait 24 to 48 hours before staff contact them to take the report," said Savey. By filing the report online, they can provide the necessary case information. The system will then generate a temporary reference number for them.

"The City of Salem's Information Technology Department created COPR from scratch," said Patrol Division Deputy Chief Jim Ferraris. "The IT engineers combined convenience and efficiency to design and develop a greatly needed service for the public," he added. COPR allows victims to file their report in the privacy of their own home, and at a time of their convenience. The online access will benefit those who have, for example, tight schedules or work circumstances which may not allow them to receive a call from a telephone reporting officer to take an entire report.

The online platform will accept reports for incidents that have occurred within the Salem city limits, and in general, will only handle crimes that do not have a known or named suspect, or the incident is not domestic-related.

Find the Community Online Reporting hotlink at www.cityofsalem.net/police beginning April 1, 2015 at 8 a.m.

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