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Fire leads to death investigation * update * - 11/22/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     Monday, November 22, 2021

Press release update:

The Salem Police Department investigation into the residential fire is complete, and detectives have determined no foul play or criminal act was involved in the incident. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

The two deceased individuals inside the residence are identified as Aaron Richard Harris, age 33, and Taylor Alyssa Wallace, age 25. Harris and Wallace were living at the location when the fire occurred. 

All inquiries related to the cause of the fire and manner of death should be made to the Salem Fire Department and the Polk County Medical Examiner’s Office, respectively.

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Original press release published Friday, November 19, 2021:

Salem, Ore. — On Friday, November 19, 2021, at approximately 7:55 a.m., a fire was reported in the 1100 block of 8th ST NW. Witnesses reported smoke coming from a single-story home. The Salem Fire Department response was led by a battalion chief with four fire engines, one ladder truck, and a medic unit. Salem Police officers assisted with traffic control.

A small fire discovered inside the home was contained and extinguished quickly. During the subsequent fire investigation two persons were located inside the home and pronounced deceased at the scene. Three dogs were also found, one inside and two outside the home. The dog inside perished, and the two that survived and are being cared for by neighbors.

No additional information will be released at this time as both the Salem Police and Fire Departments are investigating the incident.

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Officers investigate report of armed person on school campus - 11/17/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:      Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Salem, Ore. — At approximately 11:30 a.m. today, November 17, 2021, multiple Salem Police officers responded to the McKay High School campus on the report of an armed person. Officers determined no weapon was ever seen. They were, however, able to identify several students involved and interviewed them regarding the incident. No weapons were found. No arrests were made. The students were released to school administrators.

Contrary to postings on social media, no shots were fired on or near the campus.

We understand when schools’ initiate lockdowns due to potentially unsafe circumstances, it can be disconcerting for students, families, staff, and the overall community. We take all reports of threats on a school campus seriously and respond with the appropriate resources to ensure the safety of students, school staff, and the community.

Please remember, it is essential to report any information about a safety threat or potential act of violence at a school to police or school administration.

Tips can also be submitted through Safe Oregon, a program created to report potential threats on school campuses. Safe Oregon accepts tips through their online reporting system, by phone or text to 844-472-3367, or via e-mail at tip@safeoregon.com.

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Student with gun arrested at local middle school - 11/15/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     Monday, November 15, 2021

Salem, Ore. — On Monday, November 15, 2021 at approximately 10:40 a.m., Salem Police officers responded to Stephens Middle School on the report by staff of a student with a handgun hidden in a backpack. The student was detained by staff without incident prior to police arrival. 

Officers took possession of the firearm and transported the student to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Facility on the following charges:

  • Menacing, two counts
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm in a public building

No further information will be released at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.

We encourage anyone with information about a safety threat or potential act of violence at a school to call police or contact school administration. Tips can also be submitted through Safe Oregon, a program created to report potential threats on school campuses. Safe Oregon accepts tips through their online reporting system, by phone at 1-844-472-3367, or via e-mail at tip@safeoregon.com

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SMP21023870_Replica firearm entered into evidence
SMP21023870_Replica firearm entered into evidence
Domestic disturbance ends in arrest (Photo) - 11/05/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     November 5, 2021

Salem, Ore. — Salem Police officers responded to a residence in northeast Salem on November 4, 2021, on the call of a domestic disturbance in which one family member suffered an injury.

Responding officers encountered 20-year-old Isaiah Ezra Breaux outside the residence concealing himself behind a vehicle. Breaux would not follow officer commands to show his hands. As the officer attempted to verbally gain Breaux’s compliance, she saw what appeared to be the barrel of a rifle extending from the bottom of Breaux’s pant leg.

With Breaux continuing to refuse the officers’ commands and to avoid a potentially lethal situation, a Taser was deployed which proved momentarily effective and resulted in the rifle-like weapon falling to the ground. Breaux continued to resist but was ultimately taken into custody. Paramedics were on-scene and provided a medical assistance to assess Breaux’s agitated state.

Officers later determined the item on Breaux’s person was a replica firearm.

Breaux is now in custody at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Assault in the fourth degree, domestic abuse
  • Resisting arrest

Any further inquiries about this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office

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Attached image: SMP21023870_Replica firearm entered into evidence

Teen arrested in late night shooting - 11/05/21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     November 5, 2021

Salem, Ore. — On November 4, 2021, at approximately 9:30 p.m., Salem Police patrol officers responded to a call of shots fired behind the AMPM convenience store in the 3800 block of Portland RD NE. Surveillance recordings of the incident showed a male individual shooting toward a vehicle in the business parking lot. No injuries were reported. 

Witnesses were able to help officers determine a suspect who fled toward the Ridgecreek Manor Apartments in the 2400 block of Wayside TR NE. 

Salem detectives, working a separate case, were able to quickly respond to the scene and help patrol officers. Spent casings were located in the parking lot and officers contacted neighbors to lock down the complex while a K-9 team conducted a search for the firearm.

Through the witness statements and video footage, detectives identified an apartment where they believed the shooter was located. Contact was made with the occupants of the apartment, and subsequently, the shooter exited the dwelling and was arrested without incident.

The suspect’s name will not be released due to their status as a minor. He was lodged at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Attempted murder in the second degree with a firearm
  • Unlawful use of a weapon, firearm
  • Carrying of concealed weapons, firearm
  • Reckless endangering
  • Criminal mischief in the first degree

All further inquiries regarding this incident should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

The Salem Police Department continues to dedicate resources from the Criminal Investigations and Patrol Division to address gun violence in our community. Our thanks to the residents and businesses for their efforts to help resolve these incidents which greatly impact our Salem neighborhoods. 

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