PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — An 11-year-old boy was among 3 people who died in a hostage situation in Salem Monday afternoon, the Oregon State Police confirmed.
Around 12:30 p.m Monday, deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office were sent to 244 Juneva Place SE where 34-year-old Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco of Woodburn was armed and holding people inside a home against their will. Hostage negotiators were able to make contact with Lopez-Tinoco shortly after arriving. However, when they heard gunshots deputies moved in for an attempted rescue.
“I heard some sirens and there was a bunch of cop cars — they were driving through my lawn trying to get over here,” said Nicole Purdy, a neighbor who lives nearby. “They started getting out their guns and they had their equipment to break down doors.”
During the siege, one MCSO deputy fired a “yet to be determined number of rounds,” according to OSP. Deputy Ricky Kittelson was later placed on administrative leave during OSP’s investigation, authorities said.
Once inside, deputies found the bodies of the 11-year-old boy — whose name was not released at this time — and 24-year-old Diari Bustos-Bustos. Both had been shot. They also discovered Laura Rocio-Bustos, 43, who had a gunshot wound and was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries.
A 13-year-old boy was also rescued from inside and was not uninjured, officials said.
The body of Lopez-Tinoco was also found inside the home. OSP said he appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The investigation remains open. It is not clear at this time the relationship between those involved.
KOIN 6 News will have more information as it develops.