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Detectives Investigate Homicide in Metzger Neighborhood - 02/10/16
February 10, 2016--Detectives have arrested a person related to a homicide in Metzger late this afternoon.

On February 10, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to a residence in the 7500 block of SW Cedarcrest Street in the community of Metzger, concerning a possible homicide. The suspect was located at the scene.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue administering lifesaving efforts to Abdul Jamil Kamawal, 68, from Portland. Mr. Kamawal was on the ground concealed under straw outside of a house under construction. He was pronounced deceased shortly thereafter. Initial information indicates that Mr. Kamawal died from homicidal violence.

Sheriff's Deputies quickly apprehended Michael Troxell, 27, from Portland at the scene as the person reportedly responsible for Mr. Kamawal's death. Michael Troxell was not well known or related to Abdul Jamil Kamawal or his family.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team Detectives responded to assist with the investigation. The Oregon State Police Forensic Unit also responded to assist in searching for evidence and process the scene.

The Washington County Medical Examiner was on scene and confirmed the death as homicidal violence but could not confirm the exact cause of death. There was a shovel recovered at the scene but it is not conclusive if it was used in the homicide. An autopsy will be performed by the State Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death.
Michael Troxell was lodged in the Washington County Jail charged with Murder. He is held without the possibility of bail.

No additional information is available for release at this early stage of the investigation as detectives search through evidence and conduct interviews.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111.
Fallen Officers to Be Honored - 02/08/16
Fallen Officers to Be Honored

SALEM, OREGON: Three fallen law enforcement officers will be honored on the Oregon House Floor on Tuesday, February 9 at 10:30am.

HCR204 honors fallen Washington County Deputy Robert Talburt. Deputy Robert Talburt joined the Washington County Sheriff's Office in 1977. He was a member of the dive team and a mentor to young explorer scouts. Deputy Talburt was killed on December 14, 1984 while responding to a burglary in progress call when his patrol car hit a patch of wet mud left behind at a construction site and spun around hitting a utility pole. He died instantly. Deputy Talburt left behind his wife, Pam, their young daughter, Melody and extended family.

HCR206 honors fallen Clackamas County Deputy William Bowman. Deputy Bowman joined the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office in 1994. His was a member of the SWAT and Honor Guard teams. Prior to joining the Sheriff's Office, he worked as a paramedic for AA Ambulance and Life Flight Network. Deputy Bowman was killed on September 12, 2000 while participating in a training exercise. He is survived by his wife Corie, two daughters, Lauren and Grace, and extended family.

Prior to the reading of these HCRs, Washington County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard will post the colors. Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Chaplain Mike Vermace will offer the invocation.

A moment of silence will be held in honor of fallen Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding who was killed on Friday, February 5, 2016.

A moment of silence will also be held on the Senate Floor.

The Oregon Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors was established in 1993. Oregon C.O.P.S. is a non-profit organization that provides resources to assist families after a law enforcement officer is killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. also provides support for co-workers who are affected by the loss, and training to law enforcement agencies on line of duty death and its aftermath. For more information on Oregon C.O.P.S. go to oregonpolicesurvivors.org.
Attached Media Files: PDF Flier
Crash Photo
Crash Photo
Driver Crashes into Apartment Building (Photo) - 02/07/16
February 7, 2016--Sheriff's Deputies responded to a crash where a vehicle collided into a building causing significant damage.

On February 7, 2016 at 10:14 a.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies were called to 17970 SW Blanton Street in the community of Aloha concerning a vehicle that crashed into an apartment building.

Sheriff's Deputies arrived and found Baylee Torgerson, 16, from Aloha, had been driving a 2004 Honda Pilot with her father as a passenger. It was reported that Ms. Torgerson was practicing parking in the apartment complex parking lot. It appears she accelerated and rapidly drove from the parking lot, through a fence, and into the side of the building. It is not known why she accelerated instead of braked.

The apartment was not occupied at the time of the crash. There were no injuries in the incident. The building received significant damage but appears to be habitable.
Attached Media Files: Crash Photo , Crash Photo
New WCSO Booking Photo Procedures Will Continue for the News Media - 02/03/16
The Washington County Sheriff's Office will continue the simplified procedures that make booking photos available to the news media free of charge and within an hour.

Media members may send an e-mail request to WCSOCR@co.washington.or.us with a cc to WCSOPIO@co.washington.or.us. You may request up to three different booking photos of any subject who has been in our jail. Please include as much information as you have to help ensure you receive the correct photos: name, DOB, charges, arresting agency, date of arrest, etc. You should receive the booking photos by return e-mail within an hour and free of charge.

If you do not receive the photos within an hour, or if there is a valid reason to request more than three booking photos at no charge, you may contact the PIO at (503) 209-5613. Otherwise booking photos are available for $4 each.

Thank you
January DUII Safety Patrol Results and February Patrol Announcement - 02/01/16
Impaired driving continues to be a significant problem in Washington County and the State of Oregon.

In January, Washington County Sheriff's Deputies arrested 74 impaired drivers, 7 of whom were under the influence of drugs other than or in combination with alcohol. Nine of these DUII arrests were made by deputies working grant funded overtime provided by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The Washington County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with ODOT and NHTSA, will conduct high visibility enforcement patrols this Super Bowl weekend and the entire month of February looking for impaired drivers. We encourage you to enjoy the NFL Super Bowl weekend responsibly.

If you're going to consume alcoholic beverages or recreational marijuana make sure to have a designated sober driver before the celebration begins. The Washington County Sheriff's Office reminds you to drive sober or get pulled over.

The February DUII Safety Patrol results will be posted the beginning of March.
DUII Driver Crashes into Parked Van (Photo) - 01/31/16
Sunday January 31, 2016 - Saturday night Sheriff's Deputies serving the city of Cornelius responded to a hit and run crash involving a parked van. The investigation lead them to a Cornelius man who deputies arrested for DUII.

On Saturday January 30, 2016 at 9:19 p.m., Deputies responded to a hit and run on South Dogwood Street in Cornelius. A witness described hearing the crash and seeing a red pickup truck with a canopy driving away.

A few minutes later, dispatch received a call from John Nelson age 46 of Cornelius reporting he was in a crash and the other vehicle left the scene. Deputies responded to Mr. Nelson's home, also on South Dogwood Street. The damage to his pickup was consistent with hitting the parked van just down the street.

As deputies sorted out what happened, they determined Mr. Nelson was intoxicated and he was responsible for crashing into the parked van. He also fled the scene of the crash and called in a false report.

Mr. Nelson was arrested for DUII, Reckless Driving, Hit and Run, Criminal Mischief II and Initiating a False Report.
Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter - 01/28/16
UPDATE: Washington County District Attorney Releases Decision Letter

January 28, 2016--The Washington County District Attorney released the decision letter concerning the October 2, 2015 incident involving Phyllis Jepsen in Aloha.

Original Releases Below:

The letter is attached.

UPDATE: Aloha Woman Dies After Threatening Deputies with a Knife

October 9, 2015--Additional information released concerning the Aloha shooting.

The deputy-involved shooting last Friday in Aloha remains under investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team. The incident at 18000 SW Shaw Street began as a 9-1-1 call from a concerned witness. Upon arrival, Phyllis Jepsen threatened the deputies with a knife. After attempting unsuccessfully to subdue Phyllis Jepsen with less-than lethal tactics, the deputies responded with lethal force.

The deputies involved in the incident are Dennis Strange with 10 years of service, John McCullough also with 10 years of service and Matt Humphrey with 12 years of service. As is standard procedure, all three remain on paid administrative leave. Full details about the incident will be available after the Washington County District Attorney's investigation is completed.


Saturday, October 03, 2015-- The woman involved in the confrontation with Sheriff's Deputies has been identified as Phyllis Ilene Jepsen, 55, from Aloha. She was pronounced deceased at the hospital and her next of kin have been notified.

No further information is available at this time.


Friday, October 02, 2015-- Today, at about 5:00 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to a call of an attempted suicide in Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene and were confronted a short time later by a woman with a knife. Deputies fired both less-than lethal and lethal rounds at the suspect. She was later transported to the hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

On Friday, October 02, 2015, at about 4:54 p.m., Washington County Sheriff's Deputies responded to an attempted suicide call at 18000 SW Shaw Street in the community of Aloha. Three deputies arrived on scene, and shortly after, were confronted by a 55-year-old woman with a knife.

At some point during the confrontation one of the deputies fired less-than lethal rounds at the woman and at least one of the other deputies fired lethal rounds at her. She was struck by at least one lethal round. None of the deputies were injured. Medical personnel responded and transported the woman to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The Washington County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident with assistance from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab.

All three deputies have been placed on routine paid administrative leave.

Due to the nature of the investigation, no further information is being released at this time.
Attached Media Files: DA Decision Letter
Deputies Search for a Man that Grabbed a Girl in Aloha - 01/20/16
January 20, 2016--Washington County Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a man after he reportedly pulled a high school girl's pants down and then ran off.

On January 19, 2016 at 7:42 a.m., Sheriff's Deputies were called to SW Blanton Street at SW 160th Avenue in the community of Aloha concerning a man that reportedly pulled a high school girl's pants down. It was reported that following the incident, the man ran east on SW Blanton Street.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the area to search for the suspect but were unable to locate anyone. Sheriff's Deputies were told that the 17 year-old girl was walking down the sidewalk toward the school bus stop when the man ran up behind her and pulled her pants partially down. The girl screamed and the man ran away. The girl was not injured during the incident. Sheriff's Deputies are working with the Beaverton School District and Aloha High School in this case.
Washington County Violent Crime Unit Detectives were contacted and are continuing the investigation. Detectives believe this case is similar to previous incidents that occurred in the general location.

The suspect was described as being in his 20s, having lighter colored skin, with an average height and weight. He was reportedly wearing a black hoodie pulled over his head and black gym shorts.

Washington County Violent Crimes Detectives have a few general recommendations for personal safety:

* Walk in well-lit and populated areas when possible.
* Remain alert to your surroundings- avoid headphones or garments that restrict your ability to see and hear what is happening around you.
* Walk in groups when possible.
* Carry a cell phone with you at all times - call 911 if you witness suspicious activity or believe you are in immediate danger.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office offers Power Curve women safety classes free to the public. See the Sheriff's Office website for more information.

Detectives are seeking the public's help regarding this case. If you have any information, please call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (503) 846-2500.