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Pursuit, crash, and Officer Involved Shooting being investigated - 06/18/16

On June 18th, 2016 at about 1235 am, McMinnville Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at 425 NE 3rd St, the Cabana Club. Responding units attempted to contact an involved subject who left the area in a blue Impala as a passenger. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle and a pursuit was initiated Westbound from the McMinnville Library to 2nd and Michelbook. Estimated speed of the pursued vehicle was 70 MPH as it approached 2nd and Michelbook, At 2nd and Michelbook, the vehicle crashed into an electrical box at the NW corner of the intersection and came to rest in the Newby School bus parking lot.

McMinnville Officers initiated a high-risk stop of the people in the vehicle and during this time one of the officers fired a single round into the crashed vehicle. No one was struck by the fired round. Due to the officer involved shooting, the Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team (MCRT) was activated and is investigating the incident.

The driver of the vehicle was transported to Willamette Valley Medical Center with injuries sustained from the initial crash. He was later released from the hospital. Driver and passenger have been interviewed by investigators.

Further investigation is being completed by the MCRT. Any questions or requests for information will be handled through the Yamhill County District Attorney's Office at 503-434-7539 (corrected number)

The McMinnville Police Department is being assisted in this incident and investigation by the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Newberg-Dundee PD, Oregon State Police, Yamhill County District Attorney's Office, and McMinnville Fire Department.

McMinnville Man arrested for Child Pornography Charges - 05/27/16

On May 26th, 2016, McMinnville Detectives served a search warrant on SW Brockwood Avenue, McMinnville for pornographic material involving juveniles. At that time we also arrested Clayton Smith for possession of child pornographic images.

This investigation was initiated based on a mid January report to McMinnville Police Department from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). They reported that a local computer address had been used for sharing/receiving pornographic images that included minor children. McMinnville detectives completed several follow-up steps to verify that the computer address and user were for the above address and the person of Clayton Smith.

Clayton Christopher Smith age 50 of 639 SW Brockwood Avenue, McMinnville, was lodged in Yamhill County Correctional Facility pending arraignment in Yamhill County Circuit Court on ten (10) counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the First Degree. The total Security Release Agreement was $100,000.

Anyone with further information about this case is asked to call Detective Brian McMullen at 503-435-5618 or McMinnville PD Tipline at 503-434-2337