Tree cutting escalates to gunfire, one dead in Polk County

Crime

One person is custody; people involved worked for R&R Tree Service

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — An argument between co-workers of a Salem-area tree cutting service escalated into gunfire, leaving one person dead and another in custody.

The shooting happened in the 3400 block of Belvedere Street Northwest after neighbors heard yelling among people who were trimming trees. Authorities confirmed the people involved in the shooting worked for R&R Tree Service. Shortly before 5 p.m., authorities said they had one person in custody and charges are pending. Officials had been looking for the gun that was used and later confirmed the weapon was found.

One person was shot to death at a house where a tree was being cut down in Polk County, September 14, 2021 (KOIN)

“I hear the saws going and then I hear the huge chunk, like the top of the tree fell, it hit the ground and then there was a lot of hootin’ and hollering, and just you know, ribbing amongst co-workers,” said Scott, a neighbor in the area. “Within 15 seconds or so of the log hitting the ground I heard two shots and I was able to see peripherally two flashes right in front of me about 50 yards away.”

One person was shot to death at a house where a tree was being cut down in Polk County, September 14, 2021 (KOIN)

Several other neighbors told KOIN 6 News the same thing. They think a fight broke out between workers in the neighborhood.

The tree service truck and tree removal equipment remained in the taped-off area as the investigation unfolded, but police have not confirmed the people involved in the shooting.

KOIN 6 News will have more information later in the day.

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