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***** UPDATE: January 14, 2017, 8:25 am *****
The suspect in last night's officer involved shooting has been identified as 33-year old Casey Duane Howe of Salem. He was transported to a Portland area hospital during the night where he remains in stable condition.
Further media releases on this incident will be through the Marion County District Attorney's Office and/or the Oregon State Police.k
***** UPDATE: January 13, 2017, 11:00 pm *****
A Salem Police officer was involved in an on-duty shooting at about 7:25 pm on Friday evening, January 13, 2017.
Corporal Jake Pratt was responding to a report of a wanted person and made contact with a subject on the east side of the Applebee's Restaurant at 2625 Liberty St NE. Preliminary information indicates the suspect was armed with a knife and a confrontation ensued with Cpl Pratt. Cpl Pratt fired his handgun and struck the suspect. A knife was recovered at the scene.
The suspect, who is not being identified at this time pending notification of his family, was transported to Salem Health. His current condition is unknown. Cpl Pratt was not injured in the incident and will be placed on administrative leave as common procedure following an incident of this nature.
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.
Further information will be released as it becomes available.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888.
Lt Okada will be available at the scene on the west side of the Applebee's restaurant at 11:20 pm.
A Salem Police Officer has been involved in a shooting on duty. The officer is not injured.
The condition of the suspect is not available at this time. More information will be released as it becomes available.
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. During the holiday period between December 15, 2016 and January 2, 2017, officers working on these focused patrols arrested nine people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants and issued one citation for a Minor In Possession of Alcohol. They also issued 49 citations and warnings for other violations.
As an agency, Salem Police officers arrested 46 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants in the month of December, issued 128 citations for Driving With a Suspended License and issued another 1,338 citations and warnings for various other offenses.
The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.
The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is currently investigating an incident of a vehicle crashing into a residence, leaving a 36-year old mother deceased.
The incident occurred at approximately 9:25 pm on January 9, when 54-year old Alan Patrick Jacobs was driving his 2015 Mercedes SUV southbound on Volcano St SE. Volcano St is a steep downhill street that ends at Sussex Ave SE. Sussex Ave runs to the east at that point, forming an L shaped intersection. Jacobs' vehicle continued southbound instead of turning to the east on Sussex, running into and almost completely through the residence at 502 Sussex Ave SE.
As Jacobs' vehicle went through the residence, 36-year old Srabonti Haque was asleep in a bedroom of the residence and was struck by the vehicle. She was deceased at the scene. Haque's husband and two young children were also in the residence at the time but were not injured.
No arrests have been made at this time and the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit.
Photos are attached.
*** UPDATE January 4, 2017, 1.40 pm ***
Salem Police detectives have arrested a suspect in the incident that occurred at 2:15 am on New Year's morning where a suspect struck three people in a north Salem parking lot with a vehicle and fled the scene.
Detectives contacted and arrested 31-year old Logan Alphonso Boucher of Salem on Tuesday evening. Based on the investigation, he was arrested and lodged in the Marion County Corrections Facility on three counts of Attempted Murder, three counts of Assault in the First Degree and Reckless Driving. He will also be charged with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender.
All three victims in this case have since been released from the hospital.
Detectives are still attempting to locate the vehicle involved in this incident. The vehicle is a black 2005 Audi, Model A4 and may have damage to the front section and windshield areas. Photos of a similar vehicle are attached.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Salem Police Department.
The Salem Police Department responded to a disturbance in the parking lot of Fred Meyer, 2855 Broadway St NE, at about 2:15 AM Sunday morning. The fight had spilled over from the Shack Bar & Grill, 2865 Liberty St NE. One of the persons got into a dark sedan, circled the crowd a couple of times, then drove through the people fighting, striking at least three people.
Selma Musser, 51 years of age, sustained critical injuries when she was struck. She was transported by medics to Salem Hospital. Two others received less severe injuries when they were struck. They are Christopher Musser Jr., 22 years of age; and Armondo Perez, 22 years of age. All of the victims live in Salem.
The suspect vehicle was last seen eastbound through the Fred Meyer parking lot. The Criminal Investigations Section of the Salem Police Department will be continuing the investigation. Anyone with information concerning this crime is asked to telephone the Salem Police Department.
The Salem Police Department welcomed a new Deputy Police Chief on Tuesday morning during a swearing in ceremony at the Salem Library.
Chief Jerry Moore presided over the ceremony before a room packed with Salem Police personnel, dignitaries from several other police agencies, friends and family of new Deputy Police Chief George Burke.
Deputy Police Chief Burke began his law enforcement career in 1989 with the Forest Grove Police Department before moving to the Portland Police Bureau in 1992. While at the Portland Police Bureau, he worked in several assignments to include patrol, drugs and vice investigations. He rose to the rank of Commander and was most recently in command of the Portland Police Bureau North Precinct.
Deputy Police Chief Burke will not be the first member of his family to be a Salem Police Officer, as his son, AJ, is also an officer with the department. Deputy Police Chief Burke will be in command of the Investigations Division of the department.
At approximately 12:40 Sunday morning, a Salem Police officer observed a vehicle westbound on Mission St driving at a high rate of speed near Winter St. The officer observed the vehicle turn northbound onto High St SE, then westbound on Oak St SE, then northbound on Liberty St SE. The officer located the vehicle parked in the 500 block of Liberty St SE and initiated a traffic stop. As he was approaching the vehicle on foot, the vehicle took off and crashed at Liberty and Mill St. The driver fled from the vehicle on foot. Officers established a perimeter and began searching for him.
He was located in Mill Race near Trade and High St SE hiding under the High St bridge, which has very little vertical clearance. The suspect refused to get out of the water. Officers negotiated with the subject for approximately 20 minutes before he submerged. An officer immediately jumped into the water and pulled him out. Officers began CPR and he was transported to Salem Hospital by medics. He was subsequently pronounced dead at the hospital.
Detectives with the Oregon State Police Major Crimes Unit were called out to assist in the investigation. An autopsy is planned for Monday at 9:00 AM. The decedent has been identified as 34 year old Christopher Free of Salem. Next of kin have been notified.
The Salem Police Department appreciates the numerous tips it has received. The suspect has been identified as 51 year old Kevin Acup, of Salem. Acup is described as a White male, 5'09", 150 pounds, with graying hair and brown eyes. He is wanted for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Felony Elude, Felony Failure to Perform The Duties of a Driver, Reckless Endangerment, Assault III, Reckless Driving, and Assaulting a Public Safety Officer. Acup is known to stay with various associates. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to telephone the Salem Police Department.
Officer Eric Moffitt was treated and released at the Salem Hospital for injuries sustained during the incident. He has not yet returned to duty because of those injuries.
-Lt. Steve Birr (503)588-6197 or (503)932-4957
Salem Police Detectives are actively searching for a felony suspect who was driving a stolen vehicle and dragged an officer with the car before fleeing.
The incident began at approximately 2:35 pm on December 19 when two Salem Police officers spotted a 1997 Honda Accord that had been reported stolen to the Keizer Police Department. The vehicle was parked at a gas station on Wallace Rd NW and Taggart Dr NW.
When Officer Eric Moffitt attempted to make contact with the driver of the vehicle through the passenger side door, the suspect suddenly put the vehicle in reverse, dragging Officer Moffitt for approximately 15 feet. Officer Moffitt was able to free himself from the vehicle and fell to the ground as the stolen vehicle fled the scene.
The stolen vehicle was spotted going eastbound (the wrong way) on the Marion Street Bridge as it was fleeing the area. There were no Salem Police vehicles in pursuit. The stolen vehicle was soon spotted going the wrong direction on Commercial St NE and through several neighborhoods before it was located abandoned near the 1400 block of Market St NE. Officers quickly descended on the area and deployed canines in an effort to locate the suspect, but he was able to escape.
Officer Moffitt was taken to the hospital for treatment and has since been released.
Salem Police detectives are asking for assistance from the public in identifying the suspect in this case. The suspect showed a clear disregard for not only Officer Moffitt, but also the public by operating the vehicle in a reckless manner.
Photos of the suspect that were taken in nearby businesses are attached. Anyone with information as to the identity of the suspect is asked to call Salem Police Detective Steve Chancellor at 503-588-6050, extension 7160