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Roger Gastelum-Medina booking photo
Roger Gastelum-Medina booking photo
Defendant Sentenced to Life in Prison for Aloha Murder (Photo) - 10/19/17

MEDIA RELEASE

UPDATE:
Defendant Sentenced to Life in Prison for Aloha Murder

October 19, 2017 -- Roger Gastelum-Medina, 22, was sentenced today in Washington County Circuit Court for his role in a fatal shooting in Aloha on June 20, 2016.

On October 19, 2017, Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced Mr. Gastelum-Medina to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years for the crimes of Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. He also imposed a lifetime term of post-prison supervision.

In addition, as part of a separate plea agreement, Mr. Gastelum-Medina pled guilty to Distribution of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine) to a Minor. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison, concurrent to his sentence for the aforementioned crimes.

[Original media releases below.]

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UPDATE:
Sentencing Date Changed for Roger Gastelum-Medina

The sentencing for Roger Gastelum-Medina, originally set for the morning of October 6, 2017, has been re-scheduled. Mr. Gastelum-Medina was convicted last week of Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in the shooting death of Yusuf Sharif on June 20, 2016 in Aloha.

Mr. Gastelum-Medina will now be sentenced on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. in front of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia.

[Original media releases below.]

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UPDATE:
Jury Returns with Guilty Verdict in Aloha Homicide Trial

September 26, 2017 -- Roger Gastelum-Medina, 22, was found guilty of Murder and other charges related to a shooting in Aloha on June 20, 2016.

On September 26, 2017, after a five-day trial in front of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia, a jury found Roger Gastelum-Medina, 22, guilty of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The charges stem from the shooting death of Yusuf Sharif on the morning of June 20, 2016.

Judge Garcia also found Mr. Gastelum-Medina guilty of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Mr. Gastelum-Medina will be sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court on October 6, 2017 at 9 a.m.

[Original media releases below. The correct spelling of Mr. Gastelum-Medina's name is now reflected.]

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UPDATE:
Beaverton Man Charged in Aloha Homicide

On June 21, 2016 at about 8:30 p.m., members with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Roger Gastelum-Medina, 21, from Beaverton. Mr. Gastelum-Medina was charged with the murder of 21-year-old Yusuf Sharif. Marshals had been tracking Mr. Gastelum-Medina throughout the area since Monday's homicide. They captured him in Tigard as he walked down the sidewalk on SW Highway 99W near SW 72nd Avenue.

On June 20, 2016, Sheriff's Detectives believe Mr. Sharif was walking on SW Blanton Street. Mr. Gastelum- Medina stopped in a vehicle to confront Mr. Sharif about an issue. Investigators discovered that during the confrontation, Mr. Gastelum-Medina shot Mr. Sharif with a handgun, then fled the area. Sheriff's Detectives do not believe this incident was racially motivated or a hate crime.
Roger Gastelum-Medina was booked in the Washington County Jail, charged with Murder. He is held without the possibility of bail. Arraignment is today at 3:00 p.m. at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center.

The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah and Clackamas County Sheriff's Offices, Oregon State Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Original Press Release Below:
Detectives Search for Suspects in Aloha Homicide

Case#50-161720305

June 20, 2016--Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street that resulted in a man's death.

On June 20, 2016 at 8:37 a.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found an adult male with what appeared to be a gunshot wound lying on SW Blanton Street. The first deputy that arrived at the scene attempted lifesaving measures until relieved by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel. Despite lifesaving efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There is no information to lead investigators to believe this was a random act. It is believed the victim was walking on SW Blanton Street when he was shot. It was reported the people responsible fled east bound on SW Blanton Street in a dark colored sedan. Detectives are continuing their search for the vehicle and suspect(s) involved in this shooting.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit and the Oregon State Police Forensics are on scene and assisting with the investigation. Blanton Street will remain closed for the next several hours while the investigation continues.

There is no additional information available for release at this early stage of the investigation. Investigators are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact detectives at (503) 846-2500.

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Impaired Driver Causes Evacuations After Crashing Into Gas Line (Photo) - 10/18/17

October 18, 2017 -- An impaired driver crashed his vehicle into a residence, causing a natural gas line to break and forcing nearby homes to be evacuated. The driver fled on foot and was later captured during a K-9 track.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 12:34 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a traffic crash near Southwest Scholls Ferry Road and Southwest Raleighwood Way in Portland. Witnesses reported that a black Chevrolet Yukon had crashed into a residence and the driver had fled on foot.

Deputies learned the crash had caused a natural gas line to break and immediately began evacuating nearby homes. Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue also responded to assist.

Sergeant Eamon O'Reilly and his partner, K-9 Radar, quickly tracked the suspect to his residence, about a mile from where the crash had occurred.

The suspect, 47-year-old Anthony Magden of Portland, was arrested for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), hit and run, criminal mischief in the second degree, and reckless driving.

Approximately nine homes and 20 people were displaced from their homes for several hours. TriMet provided a bus for those evacuated to keep warm and dry. No injuries were reported.

The sheriff's office would like to thank NW Natural, Portland General Electric, TriMet, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, and Washington County Land Use and Transportation for their assistance during the incident.

Laurence Metz booking photo
Laurence Metz booking photo
Basketball Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Minor (Photo) - 10/17/17

Media Release

Basketball Coach Arrested for Sexual Abuse of Minor

October 17, 2017-- A local basketball coach was arrested for sexually abusing a minor. Due to his extensive contact with youth, detectives believe there may be additional victims.

In December 2016, detectives assigned to the Washington County Sheriff's Office Child Abuse Unit worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services to investigate concerns that a local basketball coach had sexually abused an underage girl.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the coach befriended a family through his work as a youth basketball coach at Club Villa Sport in Beaverton. The coach subsequently sexually abused a teenage girl in the family on several occasions.

Detectives arrested Laurence Metz, 34, of Beaverton on October 6, 2017 and charged him with four counts of sexual abuse in the second degree. Mr. Metz was lodged at the jail. He posted bail and was released the same day. His next court appearance is tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the Law Enforcement Center.

Mr. Metz coached youth basketball at Club Villa Sport in Beaverton. Detectives learned that Mr. Metz runs a company called Metz Basketball Academy and held classes at The Courts, a basketball gym in Beaverton.

Due to his extensive contact with youth over the years, detectives believe there may be additional victims. Anyone with information on Mr. Metz is asked to call 503-846-2500.

Booking Photo
Booking Photo
UPDATE: Jason Schaefer Is Lodged In Jail (Photo) - 10/13/17

October 13, 2017-This evening, Jason Schaefer was released from the hospital and lodged in the Washington County Jail. He is held without bail on a probation violation. His current booking photo is inset to the right.

Mr. Schaefer is scheduled for an arraignment on the Probation Violation at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Additional charges are forthcoming as the investigation continues.

Original Release below:

Man Detonates Small Explosive Device During Traffic Stop

October 11, 2017-- A man and a Washington County Sheriff's Office detective were both injured this afternoon when the man detonated a small explosive device during a traffic stop in Rock Creek.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:56 p.m., a detective with the Washington County Sheriff's Office spotted a man he knew was wanted for violating the terms of his probation. The man was associated with a nearby apartment where a search warrant was being executed by local and federal authorities.

The detective initiated a traffic stop on the man's vehicle and the man failed to stop. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the man stopped on NW 185th Avenue just south of NW Rock Creek Blvd.

At 3:58 p.m., the man detonated a small, handheld explosive device. The detective was not seriously injured and has since been treated and released from a local hospital. At this time, we are not identifying the detective.

Other deputies arrived and took Jason P. Schaefer, 26, into custody for violating the terms of his probation. He is receiving treatment at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the explosion. When Mr. Schaefer is medically stable, he will be lodged at the Washington County Jail. Additional charges from today's incident are expected. [A prior booking photo of Mr. Schaefer from an arrest on 4/10/17 is provided with this release.]

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are responding to the scene to continue the investigation. We do not expect to release any additional information tonight.

Attached Media Files: PDF Version with Photo , Booking Photo
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Beaverton Woman Intentionally Sets Fire to Own Condominium (Photo) - 10/13/17

October 13, 2017 -- A Beaverton women was arrested for arson after intentionally setting fire to her own condominium. Another occupant was forced to jump from a second story window to escape.

On October 13, 2017, at 12:43 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a residential fire at the Tanasbrook Condominiums, located in the 1500 block of Northwest Tanasbrook Court in Beaverton.

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue and Hillsboro Fire Department personnel responded and immediately began battling the fire and ensuring the safety of nearby residents.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned the fire had likely been set intentionally by a resident inside her own condo. The suspect, 35-year-old Brooke Shaver of Beaverton, fled the scene prior to deputies' arrival.

Deputies quickly converged on the area and began searching for Ms. Shaver. An alert deputy located her walking in the Safeway parking lot about three-quarters of a mile from the fire location and took her into custody. She was uninjured.

Another occupant inside the condo jumped from a second story window to escape the flames. He was transported by Metro West Ambulance to a local hospital with minor injuries.

Ms. Shaver was arrested and charged with arson in the first degree. She is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail. Her booking photo will be available later this evening.

Sheriff's office detectives specially trained in arson investigations are working closely with Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigators to process the crime scene.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Scene Photo
Chase Bedford Booking Photo
Chase Bedford Booking Photo
19-Year-Old Arrested for Attempted Murder, Deputies Ask For Public's Assistance Locating His Brother (Photo) - 10/13/17

October 13, 2017 -- A Beaverton teen was arrested for attempted murder. Detectives are asking for the public's help locating his brother, Cory Bedford, who is wanted for the same crime.

On October 4, 2017, at 10:15 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Oak Hills neighborhood regarding reports of gunshots. Upon arrival, deputies found two victims suffering from non-life-threatening injuries inside a severely damaged vehicle.

During the investigation, deputies learned the men had been in an altercation with two suspects at a nearby location. The victims fled in a vehicle and were pursued in a second vehicle by the suspects, who fired multiple firearm rounds into their sedan. No one was struck by the gunfire.

The chase ended in a neighborhood cul-de-sac, where the victims were attacked and sustained multiple stab wounds. Both were transported to a local hospital.

In the early hours of October 13, detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team, assisted by the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Crisis Negotiation Unit, served a search warrant at the suspects' residence, located on Northwest 143rd Avenue.

Chase Bedford, 19-years-old of Portland, was arrested and charged with attempted murder (two counts), kidnapping in the first degree (two counts), and assault in the first degree (two counts). He is being held at the Washington County Jail on $250,000 bail.

Detectives are asking for the public's assistance in locating the second suspect, 28-year-old Cory Bedford of Portland. He is known drive a lifted white 2006 Ford F-250 crew-cab truck (Oregon plate 161HTR).

Cory Bedford should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call (503) 629-0111, or call 9-1-1 if he is seen.

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Results from Today's Traffic Safety Mission in Aloha (Photo) - 10/12/17

Media Release

Results from Today's Traffic Safety Mission in Aloha

October 12, 2017 -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office Traffic Safety Unit and patrol deputies collaborated on a non-traditional traffic enforcement mission today in Aloha.

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies assigned to patrol and to the Traffic Safety Unit collaborated on a non-traditional enforcement mission in Aloha. Deputies focused on educating the public on Oregon's hands-free law, which prohibits the use of an electronic device both while driving and also while stopped in traffic.

Plainclothes deputies were used as "spotters" for this mission. The "spotters" stood on sidewalks at various intersections and alerted uniformed deputies to violations they observed.

During the five-hour mission, deputies made 104 traffic stops. Of those stops, 73 stops were for violations of the hands-free law. Eleven citations were issued and 62 warnings were given.

Other enforcement action included:
* Three citations and four warnings for failure to wear or improper use of seatbelts;
* Two warnings for failure to obey a traffic control device;
* Six citations for driving while suspended;
* Two citations for operating without driving privileges;
* One citation for speeding;
* Three warnings for expired vehicle registration;
* Two citations and three warnings for vehicle insurance violations;
* Four warnings for vehicle equipment violations;
* Four warnings for lane use violations;

Deputies want to remind the motoring public that drivers cannot hold cell phones in their hands, nor can they use cell phones while stopped in traffic.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo
Update on Yesterday's Explosive Device Incident - 10/12/17

Jason P. Schaefer, 26, remains in custody for violating the terms of his probation. There is no bail.

At this time, he has not been charged with any additional crimes. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are working with other local and federal authorities and the Washington County District Attorney's Office to determine which charges may be appropriate.

Mr. Schaefer continues to receive medical care for the injuries he received yesterday when he detonated a handheld explosive device in his vehicle. He sustained serious injuries to his left hand and fingers.

We will not disclose which hospital is treating Mr. Schaefer.

At this time, there is no estimated timeline as to when Mr. Schaefer will be booked into the Washington County Jail.

Mr. Schaefer was convicted of Felon in Possession of Body Armor in May 2017 and was sentenced to 18 months of formal probation in Washington County. Mr. Schaefer's felony conviction is related to an assault in Eerie County, New York. He has no other arrest history in Oregon.

Due to the nature of his work, we will not be identifying the name of our detective involved in yesterday's incident.

No additional information will be released today.

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Man Detonates Small Explosive Device During Traffic Stop (Photo) - 10/11/17

Media Release

Man Detonates Small Explosive Device During Traffic Stop

October 11, 2017-- A man and a Washington County Sheriff's Office detective were both injured this afternoon when the man detonated a small explosive device during a traffic stop in Rock Creek.

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3:56 p.m., a detective with the Washington County Sheriff's Office spotted a man he knew was wanted for violating the terms of his probation. The man was associated with a nearby apartment where a search warrant was being executed by local and federal authorities.

The detective initiated a traffic stop on the man's vehicle and the man failed to stop. A brief vehicle pursuit ensued and the man stopped on NW 185th Avenue just south of NW Rock Creek Blvd.

At 3:58 p.m., the man detonated a small, handheld explosive device. The detective was not seriously injured and has since been treated and released from a local hospital. At this time, we are not identifying the detective.

Other deputies arrived and took Jason P. Schaefer, 26, into custody for violating the terms of his probation. He is receiving treatment at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the explosion. When Mr. Schaefer is medically stable, he will be lodged at the Washington County Jail. Additional charges from today's incident are expected. [A prior booking photo of Mr. Schaefer from an arrest on 4/10/17 is provided with this release.]

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit are responding to the scene to continue the investigation. We do not expect to release any additional information tonight.

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Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation of 150 Residents (Photo) - 10/09/17

Media Release

Gas Leak Prompts Evacuation of 150 Residents

October 9, 2017-- A natural gas leak temporarily displaced approximately 150 residents from their homes. NW Natural crews have stopped the leak and residents have now been able to return home.

On Monday, October 9, 2017, at 6:47 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies serving the City of Cornelius were asked to assist with the evacuation of a neighborhood due to a reported gas leak.

Deputies worked alongside members of the Cornelius Fire Department to evacuate affected community members. Residents in the area of N 4th Avenue and Davis Street were asked to evacuate to the Walmart parking lot. The Reverse 911 system was also used to call and warn residents within the affected area.

TriMet provided a warming bus so that evacuees could be more comfortable while waiting.

Crews from NW Natural promptly responded, located and stopped the gas leak. Residents were allowed to return home at approximately 8:10 p.m.

Members of the media should contact NW Natural for more information about the leak and repair.

Inquiries about the Reverse 911 system may be directed to the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (WCCCA).

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Photo
Update: Missing Man Located Alive and Well - 10/08/17

Media Release

Update -- Missing Man Located Alive and Well

October 8, 2017 -- At 9:22 a.m., Mr. Cox was located by his family while walking on SW Bell Road. He indicated that he spent a good portion of the evening at the Shari's Restaurant in Newberg before he was found.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office wishes to thank all those who searched for Mr. Cox as well as those who helped get the word out.

The original media release is below.

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Deputies Need the Public's Help to Find Missing Elderly Male

October 8, 2017 -- Deputies need the public's help to locate a missing elderly male with dementia.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 10:22 p.m., deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a missing person complaint in the 200 block of SW Wooded Hill Lane in the southern part of Washington County. Family members reported that Jerry R. Cox, 76, left the home for a walk at approximately 5 p.m. and has not been seen since that time.

It is believed that Mr. Cox may be in the early stages of dementia. He is also new to the area and does not know his way around.

Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team are deploying to the area to look for Mr. Cox.

Deputies are also asking for the public's help in the search. Mr. Cox is described as being 5'10" tall and weighing 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing a green windbreaker jacket and either blue jeans or khaki pants.

The sheriff's office is a proud participant in the Project Lifesaver program. The program uses technology to quickly re-unite vulnerable individuals with their families. For more information, please go to http://bit.ly/2hU0OZv.

If you have information on Mr. Cox's whereabouts, please contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release
Jerry Cox
Jerry Cox
Deputies Need the Public's Help to Find Missing Elderly Male (Photo) - 10/08/17

Media Release

Deputies Need the Public's Help to Find Missing Elderly Male

October 8, 2017 -- Deputies need the public's help to locate a missing elderly male with dementia.

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 10:22 p.m., deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to a missing person complaint in the 200 block of SW Wooded Hill Lane in the southern part of Washington County. Family members reported that Jerry R. Cox, 76, left the home for a walk at approximately 5 p.m. and has not been seen since that time.

It is believed that Mr. Cox may be in the early stages of dementia. He is also new to the area and does not know his way around.

Members of the Washington County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team are deploying to the area to look for Mr. Cox.

Deputies are also asking for the public's help in the search. Mr. Cox is described as being 5'10" tall and weighing 165 lbs. He was last seen wearing a green windbreaker jacket and either blue jeans or khaki pants.

The sheriff's office is a proud participant in the Project Lifesaver program. The program uses technology to quickly re-unite vulnerable individuals with their families. For more information, please go to http://bit.ly/2hU0OZv.

If you have information on Mr. Cox's whereabouts, please contact non-emergency dispatch at 503-629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release , Jerry Cox
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Deputy and Local Business Team Up to Help Couple with Baby on the Way (Photo) - 10/06/17

Media Release

Deputy and Local Business Team Up to Help Couple with Baby on the Way

October 6, 2017 -- A Washington County Sheriff's Deputy and a local business teamed up today to help a couple in a difficult situation.

On Friday, October 6, 2017, just after 11 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputy Chad Gravley was on patrol when he noticed a vehicle with two flat tires driving south on SE 10th Avenue and SE Maple Street in Hillsboro.

He stopped the car and learned that HarleyCristine Ruble, 25, was nine months pregnant. She and her boyfriend, Tyler S. Starliper, 27, were on their way to a local business to have the tires replaced. The couple relies on the car as their only mode of transportation.

As Deputy Gravley began to help the couple with their tires, he learned that Mr. Starliper was wanted for a warrant issued in Polk County. Deputies have no discretion with arrest warrants and Mr. Starliper had to be taken into custody. Deputy Gravley assured Mr. Starliper that he would help Ms. Ruble get their car back on the road again.

When Gratteri's Les Schwab Tire Center of Hillsboro, just a few blocks away, learned of the couple's tire issues, they stepped up to help. Not only did they mount and balance the tires for the couple, they also sent a truck and employee to the couple's car to install the tires. There was no charge. Needless to say, the expectant couple was extremely grateful.

Questions about Mr. Starliper's warrant should be directed to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. HarleyCristine Ruble is willing to speak to members of the media. She can be contacted at 971-470-6674.

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Airplane Crashes at Private Airstrip (Photo) - 10/05/17

October 5, 2017 -- Small aircraft crashes sending two men to the hospital.

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 2:29 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the Twin Oaks Airpark concerning a reported plane crash.

When Sheriff's deputies arrived, they found a 1963 Piper 250 Comanche single engine aircraft severely damaged on the runway. It was reported 39 year-old John Gorman was the pilot receiving additional training for an advanced certification. The flight instructor was 68 year-old Ronald Magnus.

Sheriff's Deputies determined Mr. Gorman was landing the aircraft and was unable to maintain enough air speed to land on the paved runway. The aircraft came up short and collided with the ground at the leading edge of the runway. Two of the three landing gears were torn from the aircraft catapulting it upward, causing it to fall onto the runway. The aircraft fuselage was twisted and the wings and tail section were badly damaged.

Both men were treated by TVF&R rescue personnel and transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The FAA responded to the scene to complete their investigation.

Attached Media Files: PDF With Photo , Photo , Photo
Violent Altercation Sends Three People to Hospital - 10/05/17

October 5, 2017-Last night at 10:15pm Sheriff's Deputies were called to a cul-de-sac in the Oak Hills neighborhood concerning reports of gunshots and several people yelling. All the vehicles fled the area prior to deputies arriving. Sheriff's Deputies found two men sitting in a severely damaged vehicle several blocks away. The men had extensive injuries and were transported to a local hospital with apparent non-life-threatening injuries.

A third man was later admitted to the hospital with undetermined injuries. Sheriff's Violent Crime Unit Detectives and the Forensic Science Unit are assisting with this investigation. There is very limited information available at this early stage of the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Sheriff's Detectives at 503-846-2500.

There will not be any additional information available until after 8:00am this morning.

Results for Enhanced Patrols During Month of September - 10/04/17

October 4, 2017 -- During the month of September, Washington County Sheriff's deputies continued traffic safety enforcement efforts focused on impaired driving, proper seatbelt use, speeding and distracted driving.

Supported by grants from the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Oregon Department of Transportation, deputies arrested 53 impaired drivers, conducted more than 3,500 traffic stops and issued more than 1,500 citations for traffic violations. In dedicated traffic patrols, deputies contacted 77 drivers who were not properly restrained, 132 drivers who were driving distracted using mobile electronic devices, 193 drivers who were speeding and 7 drivers who had suspended or revoked driving privileges.

Traffic crashes are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are completely preventable. The Washington County Sheriff's Office asks motorists to do their part in keeping our roads safe. Compliance with traffic laws can prevent crashes and save lives.

Original Release Below:

September 8, 2017 -- Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies, in partnership with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), are providing extra patrols during the month of September to enhance safety on the roads.

In addition to extra patrols focused on impaired driving, deputies will also be looking for drivers who are speeding, following too closely, and distracted drivers using mobile communication devices. The results of the enhanced patrol will be provided in early October.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies frequently respond to numerous traffic-related incidents that could have been avoided. Deputies are reminding the public to designate a sober driver, slow down, avoid distractions, and allow adequate following distances.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office would like everyone to have a safe and happy September. Please remember to be safe and considerate while on the roads.

Sentencing Date Changed for Roger Gastelum-Medina - 10/04/17

The sentencing for Roger Gastelum-Medina, originally set for the morning of October 6, 2017, has been re-scheduled. Mr. Gastelum-Medina was convicted last week of Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Felon in Possession of a Firearm in the shooting death of Yusuf Sharif on June 20, 2016 in Aloha.

Mr. Gastelum-Medina will now be sentenced on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1 p.m. in front of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia.

Booking Photo (Stephens, Christopher)
Booking Photo (Stephens, Christopher)
Update: Man Arrested for Murder in North Plains Shooting, Deputies Continue Searching for Second Suspect (Photo) - 09/28/17

September 28, 2017 -- Earlier today, Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives learned that homicide suspect Christopher Stephens, 40-years-old of Newberg, was possibly in the Tualatin area.

At 2:45 p.m., the interagency Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (SWAT), with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, took Mr. Stephens into custody during a traffic stop at Southwest Boones Ferry Road and Southwest Avery Street in Tualatin.

Mr. Stephens has been charged with murder and is being held at the Washington County Jail without bail.

Detectives continue to search for the second suspect, Chad Pitcher, who is also wanted for murder. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111, or call 9-1-1 if he is seen. The earlier media releases are below.

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Update: Deputies Ask For Public's Assistance Locating Murder Suspect

September 26, 2017 -- Detectives have identified the suspect from the homicide outside of North Plains as 38-year-old Chad Brandon Pitcher, and investigators are asking for the public's assistance locating him.

Mr. Pitcher should be considered armed and dangerous and the public should not attempt to approach him. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

No additional information is available at this time. The earlier media releases are below.

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Update: Victim in Fatal Shooting Identified

September 20, 2017 -- The deceased person from yesterday's fatal shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Zven Arch (aka Reiner Ralph Schmolling, Jr.) of Hillsboro. Detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate, but believe there is no danger to the public. The original media release is below.

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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The interagency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Departmet, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Previous Booking Photo
Previous Booking Photo
Update: Deputies Ask For Public's Assistance Locating Murder Suspect (Photo) - 09/26/17

September 26, 2017 -- Detectives have identified the suspect from the homicide outside of North Plains as 38-year-old Chad Brandon Pitcher (previous booking photo attached), and investigators are asking for the public's assistance locating him.

Mr. Pitcher should be considered armed and dangerous and the public should not attempt to approach him. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

No additional information is available at this time. The earlier media releases are below.

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Update: Victim in Fatal Shooting Identified

September 20, 2017 -- The deceased person from yesterday's fatal shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Zven Arch (aka Reiner Ralph Schmolling, Jr.) of Hillsboro. Detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate, but believe there is no danger to the public. The original media release is below.

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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

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Jury Returns with Guilty Verdict in Aloha Homicide Trial (Photo) - 09/26/17

MEDIA RELEASE

UPDATE:
Jury Returns with Guilty Verdict in Aloha Homicide Trial

September 26, 2017 -- Roger Gastelum-Medina, 22, was found guilty of Murder and other charges related to a shooting in Aloha on June 20, 2016.

On September 26, 2017, after a five-day trial in front of Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia, a jury found Roger Gastelum-Medina, 22, guilty of Murder and Unlawful Use of a Weapon. The charges stem from the shooting death of Yusuf Sharif on the morning of June 20, 2016.

Judge Garcia also found Mr. Gastelum-Medina guilty of Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Mr. Gastelum-Medina will be sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court on September 6, 2017 at 9 a.m.

[Original media releases below. The correct spelling of Mr. Gastelum-Medina's name is now reflected.]

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UPDATE:
Beaverton Man Charged in Aloha Homicide

On June 21, 2016 at about 8:30 p.m., members with the U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force arrested Roger Gastelum-Medina, 21, from Beaverton. Mr. Gastelum-Medina was charged with the murder of 21-year-old Yusuf Sharif. Marshals had been tracking Mr. Gastelum-Medina throughout the area since Monday's homicide. They captured him in Tigard as he walked down the sidewalk on SW Highway 99W near SW 72nd Avenue.

On June 20, 2016, Sheriff's Detectives believe Mr. Sharif was walking on SW Blanton Street. Mr. Gastelum- Medina stopped in a vehicle to confront Mr. Sharif about an issue. Investigators discovered that during the confrontation, Mr. Gastelum-Medina shot Mr. Sharif with a handgun, then fled the area. Sheriff's Detectives do not believe this incident was racially motivated or a hate crime.
Roger Gastelum-Medina was booked in the Washington County Jail, charged with Murder. He is held without the possibility of bail. Arraignment is today at 3:00 p.m. at the Washington County Law Enforcement Center.

The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force is comprised of members from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, Portland Police Bureau, the Multnomah and Clackamas County Sheriff's Offices, Oregon State Police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Original Press Release Below:
Detectives Search for Suspects in Aloha Homicide

June 20, 2016--Sheriff's Office Detectives are investigating a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street that resulted in a man's death.

On June 20, 2016 at 8:37 a.m. Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a shooting in the area of SW 167th and SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha. Upon arrival, Sheriff's Deputies found an adult male with what appeared to be a gunshot wound lying on SW Blanton Street. The first deputy that arrived at the scene attempted lifesaving measures until relieved by Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue personnel. Despite lifesaving efforts, the victim was pronounced deceased at the scene.

There is no information to lead investigators to believe this was a random act. It is believed the victim was walking on SW Blanton Street when he was shot. It was reported the people responsible fled east bound on SW Blanton Street in a dark colored sedan. Detectives are continuing their search for the vehicle and suspect(s) involved in this shooting.

Detectives from the Washington County Sheriff's Office Violent Crimes Unit and the Oregon State Police Forensics are on scene and assisting with the investigation. Blanton Street will remain closed for the next several hours while the investigation continues.

There is no additional information available for release at this early stage of the investigation. Investigators are asking anyone with information related to this incident to contact detectives at (503)846-2500.

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Two Captured After Early Morning K-9 Track on Bull Mountain (Photo) - 09/25/17

September 25, 2017 -- Early Monday morning, an alert resident called 9-1-1 after seeing two males trying to enter vehicles in the Bull Mountain area. Tigard Police K-9 Diesel located two suspects, who arrived in the area in a stolen car.

On Monday, September 25, 2017, at 1:54 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of suspicious activity near the 12600 block of SW Winterview Drive in the Bull Mountain community. An alert citizen called 9-1-1 after seeing two men checking for unlocked car doors in the area. Deputies, along with officers from the Tigard and Beaverton Police Departments, responded to the area.

Tigard Police Officer Michael Powers and his K-9 partner, Diesel, responded to assist with tracking the suspects. After 25 minutes of tracking, K-9 Diesel successfully located two individuals. Zahira Ahmed, 18-years-old of Portland, and a 16-year-old male, were arrested. K-9 Diesel also recovered several items that were stolen out of cars in the area.

During the investigation, deputies found that the suspects had entered at least seven unlocked vehicles. It was also learned that the suspects came to the area in a stolen car.

Ms. Ahmed was booked into the Washington County Jail for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Theft in the First Degree, Trespass in the Second Degree, and Theft in the Third Degree. More charges are likely in this case, as the investigation is ongoing.

Sheriff's deputies want to remind the public to not store valuables in cars, always lock vehicles, and to call in any suspicious activity.

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Pedestrian Walking in Road Killed In Crash (Photo) - 09/23/17

September 22, 2017 -- Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a 37-year-old man was hit by a truck while walking in the roadway. The pedestrian did not survive his injuries.

On Friday, September 22, 2017, at 9:03 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to check on a male walking in traffic near SW Tualatin Valley Highway/NW 334th Avenue in Hillsboro. A deputy arrived on scene quickly and found that the pedestrian, 37-year-old Patrick D. Beneman, had been hit by a full-size pickup truck.

Deputies rendered aid until medical personnel arrived, but Mr. Beneman was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver of the truck stayed on scene and cooperated with the investigation.

The Washington County Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART), Hillsboro Fire Department, Metro West, and the Washington County Medical Examiner's Office assisted with the investigation.

Mr. Beneman's family has been notified.

UPDATE: Victim in Fatal Shooting Identified - 09/20/17

September 20, 2017 -- The deceased person from yesterday's fatal shooting has been identified as 39-year-old Michael Zven Arch (aka Reiner Ralph Schmolling, Jr.) of Hillsboro. Detectives with the Washington County Major Crimes Team continue to investigate, but believe there is no danger to the public. The original media release is below.

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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF)
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Fatal Shooting Investigation Underway Outside North Plains (Photo) - 09/19/17

September 19, 2017 -- Deputies are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred outside North Plains.

On September 19, 2017, at 4:49 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the 16000 block of Northwest Dairy Creek Road outside North Plains on a reported shooting.

Deputies arrived and located an adult male outside suffering from a gunshot wound. Deputies attempted life-saving measures but he was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The suspect fled prior to deputies' arrival.

The inter-agency Washington County Major Crimes Team responded and continues to investigate. No arrests have been made, but investigators believe there is no danger to the public.

The deceased person is not being identified due to pending family notifications.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the North Plains Police Department, Forest Grove Police Department, Hillsboro Police Department, and Oregon State Police. Forensic technicians with the Sheriff's Office responded to process the scene.

Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to call non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Attached Media Files: Media Release (PDF) , Photo