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News Release
Man Throws Mortars and Shoots in a Neighborhood in McMinnville - 07/30/22

This morning about 10:20 am McMinnville Police Department responded to a report of a domestic dispute at a residence in the 100 block of SW Mt. Mazama Street in McMinnville.  The initial report included information that an adult male in the residence was threatening another individual and was potentially emotionally disturbed.


The initial responding units from McMinnville Police Department arrived in the area and initially did not observe anything concerning at the residence.  As they approached, multiple loud explosions were heard, and they reported gunshots being fired.  Officers set up at points of observation and were able to both see and hear and learned from witnesses the individual was throwing large mortar style fireworks from the residence into the street and into the backyard.


A reverse 911 was sent to neighboring residents to shelter in place, and a perimeter was established to hopefully allow time and distance to deescalate the event.  The officers were able to confirm there was nobody else inside the residence.  Officers periodically heard what they believed to be gunfire from inside the residence and fireworks and mortars were sporadically thrown from the residence.


The Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT) was requested for tactical and negotiations support.


A little after noon officers reported that shots were being fired out of the residence.  Two McMinnville Police Officers and two Yamhill County Sheriff’s Deputies reported gunshots fired at them, and two McMinnville Police Officers did exchange gunfire with the individual.  The individual retreated back into the residence.


Once the Washington County TNT members arrived, they began removing officers from the vicinity, and they were able to engage the involved individual at times in telephone negotiations. About 1:20 pm the individual surrendered to Washington County TNT members and was taken into custody.  He was transported to a local hospital as a precaution but did not have any apparent injury.


Due to the size of the scene, with multiple neighboring houses being struck by gunfire from the individual, and law enforcement being involved in returning fire, the Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team (MCRT) was activated.  The investigation is in the early stages and will take some time to complete.  Investigators will be canvassing the neighborhood to recover any evidence, and investigators ask anyone who may have any video surveillance or photos to contact investigators at 503-434-6500 so that evidence can be recovered.  There are no injuries to anyone involved at this time.  The involved individual is not being identified at this time as no criminal charges have been filed as of yet. 





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