Salem Police Dept.
Emergency Messages as of 12:00 am, Thu. Oct. 28
No information currently posted.
Subscribe to receive FlashAlert messages from Salem Police Dept.
Primary email address for a new account:


Manage my existing Subscription

News Release
Police investigate shooting incident - UPDATE 9/23/2021 - 09/23/21


DATE:     Wednesday, September 23, 2021

Press release update:

Arrested in this incident was Larry Ray Hatlestad, age 43. He is lodged at the Marion County Jail on the following charges:

  • Murder in the second degree 
  • Unlawful use of a weapon
  • Felon in possession of a weapon

Hatlestad was detained when a responding patrol officer located him trying to hide in a restaurant near the scene. 

The decedent has been identified as 29-year-old Abraham Torres Borja. 

Hatlestad will be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. at the Marion County Circuit Court Annex today. All further inquiries on this case should be directed to the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Our thanks to the witnesses who assisted patrol officers in the search for the suspect. We also extend thanks to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police who also assisted in the search and helped bring the incident to conclusion.

# # #

Original press release published September 22, 2021:

Salem, Ore. — On September 22, 2021, at about 11:15 a.m., Salem Police officers responded the to the 1000 block of 39th AV NE on the report of a shooting.

Officers located one man who appeared to have multiple gunshot wounds. Officers closed multiple streets in the area to set up a perimeter search for involved individuals.

The man was transported to Salem Health where he subsequently died from his wounds.

Several people have been detained and we do not believe there is any further threat to the public. During the next few hours, 39th AV between Anita DR and D ST NE will remain closed for the investigation.

As this incident is an ongoing investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

# # #

View more news releases from Salem Police Dept..