Hostage situation ends in ‘multiple fatalities’ in Salem


Suspect is among the dead in this officer-involved shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — “Multiple fatalities” were recorded in an officer-involved shooting when deputies responded to a possible hostage situation in Salem Monday afternoon, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to authorities, the situation began to unfold around 12:30 p.m. on Juneva Place SE near Mahrt Avenue SE. When deputies arrived, a trained negotiator with the county’s Hostage Negotiation Team called the suspect.

Ultimately, shots rang out and “multiple fatalities” were recorded — including the suspect. No deputies were injured, officials said.

It is not yet clear how the situation escalated to gunfire, nor who fired the first shot.

The Oregon State Police was called in to investigate the incident. Any deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol in these situations.

Deputies say they have no reason to believe there is a threat to the community.

This is a developing story. KOIN 6 News will have more information as soon as possible.

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