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UPDATE Names Released - Officer Involved Shooting Investigation - Salem Police Department - 04/05/21

On Friday, April 2, 2021 at approximately 5:15 P.M., Salem Police Officers and Salem Firefighters responded to the 400 block of Ewald Ave. SE on a report of a suicidal man, identified as Natzeryt Viertel (22) of Salem, that had injured himself.  

Firefighters arrived prior to officers and the man threatened them with a firearm.

Officers arrived and the man, still armed, confronted them and Corporal Clinton Sealey, member of the Salem Police Department for 9 ½ years, fired and hit Viertel.  Despite lifesaving attempts Viertel was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No officers or firefighters were injured in the incident.   

Per standard protocols for the use of deadly physical force, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has selected the Oregon State Police to lead the investigation.

The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Salem Police Department directives. Sergeant Steven Galvin (witness/involved did not shoot) member of the Salem Police Department 14 ½ years and is the Assistant Team Leader for the Salem Police Department Tactical Negotiations Team. 

No further information is available for release at this time. 

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On Friday, April 2, 2021 at approximately 5:15 P.M., Salem Police Officers and Salem Firefighters responded to the 400 block of Ewald Ave. SE on a report of a suicidal man that had injured himself.  

Firefighters arrived prior to officers and the man threatened them with a firearm.

Officers arrived and the man, still armed, confronted them and an officer fired and hit him.  Despite lifesaving attempts he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

No officers or firefighters were injured in the incident.   

Per standard protocols for the use of deadly physical force, the Marion County District Attorney’s Office has selected the Oregon State Police to lead the investigation.

The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave in accordance with Salem Police Department directives.

No further information is available for release at this time. 

 

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