Suspect in Salem cop shooting appears in court


SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The 38-year-old man who’s accused of shooting and injuring a Salem police officer during a traffic stop appeared in court Thursday.

Salem police said Jaime Lee Jimenez was arrested Wednesday morning after a SWAT team used an explosive device to open a door at the East Broadway Apartments — where authorities believed he was hiding. After nearly an hour, negotiators were able to convince Jimenez to surrender peacefully.

He was booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on multiple charges, including attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, assault with a firearm and a felon in possession of a firearm.

Police also said 35-year-old Amanda Cayetano was in the apartment with Jimenez. She was arrested on the charge of hindering prosecution.

The charges Jimenez faces stem from a Tuesday night incident. 

According to police, he shot the officer multiple times before fleeing the area. His empty car was found a short time later just four blocks away.

A search for the shooter began immediately with tactical and K-9 teams responding to help. Residents were told to lock their doors and stay inside until the suspected shooter was arrested. Nearby Highland Elementary also canceled classes Wednesday due to the investigation.

The injured officer, Michelle Pratt, was taken to a nearby hospital where she received treatment for several gunshot wounds. According to police scanner audio, she was hit in the left arm. Bullets also hit her vest.

She’s expected to be OK.

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