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Off-duty Deputy Killed in Crash (Photo) - 06/20/24

With great sadness, Sheriff Caprice Massey shares the loss of one of our own, Deputy Richard “Rich” Thompson who tragically passed away following a traffic crash. On Wednesday, June 19, 2024, just after 5:00 p.m., Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the incident which occurred at the intersection of SW 201st Avenue and West Baseline Road. 

Rich was riding a scooter home from work when he was involved in a crash with a vehicle. Community members, along with deputies and responding emergency medical services attempted lifesaving efforts. Sadly, Rich succumbed to his injuries shortly after the crash. 

Rich joined WCSO in October 2001 and was certified as a Corrections Deputy. During his career, Rich worked as a Field Training Officer. He also served as an adult in custody (AIC) coordinator, assisted in the Work in Lieu of Jail program, and had been assigned to the Court Security unit since 2023. Rich was awarded the Meritorious Service Ribbon in 2018. 

Rich is survived by his wife and two children. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping, kayaking, paddle boarding and spending time with his family. Rich used his coaching and mentoring skills outside of the office to teach archery to kids. He will be deeply missed by the entire Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The Washington County Interagency Crash Analysis Reconstruction Team (CART) responded to the location and is conducting the investigation, led by the Forest Grove Police Department.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank American Medical Response, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Washington County Land Use and Transportation, and the Beaverton, Forest Grove, and Hillsboro Police Departments for their help during this incident.


Note to the editors: Sheriff Caprice Massey will be available at 3:00 p.m. on 06/20/24 at 215 SW Adams Ave, the Hillsboro Sheriff's Office, for interviews and to give a brief statement. 

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Man Arrested for Shooting in Beaverton (Photo) - 06/13/24

On June 12, 2024, at 10:28 p.m., deputies from the Washington County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Beaverton Police Department were dispatched to an assault with a weapon near the 15000 block of SW Farmington Road. 

Officers arrived to find an 18-year-old man with a gunshot wound to an arm inside a vehicle. Other occupants of the vehicle ran before police arrived. Responding deputies applied a tourniquet to the victim, who was taken to an area hospital for treatment. 

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) were dispatched to assist with the investigation while officers searched the area for the other occupants. During the search, deputies found a rifle discarded in bushes nearby. 

Detectives learned the suspect was 20-year-old Mario Galindo, of Beaverton, and known to the victim. Galindo was located and arrested by detectives this afternoon. Investigators determined that while negligent, the shooting was unintentional. Galindo was lodged in the Washington County Jail for assault in the third degree and reckless endangering another person. 


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Dog Seized for Animal Abuse Adopted by Deputy (Photo) - 06/06/24

On Sunday, May 5, 2024, Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of animal abuse in the 3000 block of SW 198th Avenue in Aloha. 

When deputies contacted the caller, they were introduced to “Dice,” a mixed-breed female dog cowering in the corner. Dice was covered in facial, head, and neck wounds, and her whiskers were burned down.

Deputies learned the previous owner gave the caller the dog in this condition. The caller relinquished any ownership interest in Dice to deputies who took her in for immediate medical care. After meeting with the veterinarian, deputies believed the previous owner to be responsible for Dice's injuries and returned to contact the man. 

41-year-old Brandon Ash of Beaverton was arrested and will face the following charges: animal abuse in the first degree, animal neglect in the first degree, and animal neglect in the second degree. 

The investigating deputy fell in love with Dice and decided to approach the idea of adopting her. Deputy Armstrong went through all the proper channels and did the required homework to become Dice's new owner. 

As part of that new beginning, Deputy Armstrong has renamed her Trilly, short for trillium. Trilly has already become part of the Armstrong family and is thriving in her new home. 

Deputy Armstrong would like to thank the Tanasbourne Veterinary Emergency and the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter for their help in facilitating Trilly’s new life.

Contact the Washington County Sheriff's Office at 503-629-0111 if you witness animal abuse. 

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Man Arrested for Abusing Multiple Children; Additional Victims Suspected (Photo) - 06/05/24

Over the past several months, Violent Crimes Unit detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating a sexual abuse case after multiple children disclosed being abused by the same person.

A Washington County grand jury issued an indictment against 39-year-old Jacob Paul Luther Bentley of Bay City. With the help of the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office, Bentley was arrested on June 3, 2024. He was booked into the Washington County Jail for 12 counts of sexual abuse in the first degree and two counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct.

During the investigation, detectives learned two other children also disclosed that Bentley abused them as well. The abuse was reported to have happened in both Washington and Tillamook counties. Investigators learned Bentley lived in Hillsboro, Cornelius, Forest Grove, and Bay City communities. The investigation is ongoing, and additional charges are possible in the future.

To date, four children have reported Bentley abused them when they were under ten years old. Detectives are very concerned about additional victims and would like anyone with more information to call the Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2500.

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