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News Release
Deputies Respond to Shooting Incident in Lafayette (Photo) - 09/23/21

On September 23, 2021 at about 8:17 am, Yamhill Communications received an open line 911 call from a resident in the 700 block of 7th Street Extension in the City of Lafayette.  The caller reported that an adult male had been inside the residence and discharged a handgun during a disturbance.  The male fled the residence while still armed with a handgun. 

Responding deputies obtained additional information and notified nearby Wascher Elementary School which temporarily went into lockdown.  The suspect was identified but had left the residence driving a 26-foot U-Haul truck. Additional deputies went to a secondary location where the individual is known to frequent.

The U-Haul was located in the 3800 block of SE Locks Road in rural Dayton.  The suspect was spotted and fled into a residence.  The suspect eventually came outside and was taken into custody.  He is identified as 42-year-old Joshuah Ewald Lewis of Lafayette.  Lewis was lodged in the Yamhill County Correctional Facility for parole violation and is pending additional charges from this incident. 

Wascher Elementary School was notified the outstanding suspect had been taken into custody and they updated the status of the school in coordination with McMinnville School District Security accordingly.

This incident is unrelated to the shooting incident in Lafayette on September 17, 2021.



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