Officers and deputies involved in Hagg Lake shooting ID’d


One deputy is still in the hospital

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The officers and deputies involved in the shooting near Hagg Lake on August 8 have been identified.

Six members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office were involved. Three of them have 16 years experience with the sheriff’s office: Sgt. John Crecelius, Cpl. Jeremy Braun and Cpl. Cade Edwards.

Three deputies were involved: Justin Pelleteri (11 years), Steve Nichols (10 years) and Chris Iverson (7 years).

Detective Kevin Winfield, a 27-year veteran of Tualatin PD and Office Jose Cabrera, a 5-year veteran of Hillsboro PD were also involved.

Iverson was treated at the hospital and released that night but Braun is still in the hospital.

Corporal Jeremy Braun (left) Deputy Chris Iverson (right) from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The shooting suspect, Dante Halling, is still in the hospital. There is no update on his condition.

Halling hasn’t yet been charged in the shootings, but he’s being held on 2 separate felony warrants, one for violating probation on an attempted assault and the other for a parole violation.

Two photos were released of Halling on Monday. The mug shot is from Multnomah County in 2018 and the other was taken Thursday near Hagg Lake before the gunfire .

Sgt. Danny DiPietro with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said they hope these pictures find more people who can place Halling in the previous weeks.

“Within the last couple of weeks is the most pertinent information. We’re hoping putting out that mugshot from last year but also the photo from right before the incident he has a very unique backpack, jacket on,” DiPietro said. “We’re hoping somebody will recognize that stuff and remember where they saw him.”

Dante James Halling in 2018, left, and A photo of Dante James Halling taken August 8, 2019 near Hagg Lake. Released by Washington County Sheriff’s Office on August 12, 2019

What happened on August 8

The shootout happened not long after a homeowner in the 54700 block of SW Scoggins Valley Road in Gaston reported a man wearing camouflage clothing stole guns from the property at 2:15 p.m., officials said.

The thief took 2 firearms — both “long guns” — from a locked gun cabinet outside of the home and then walked off into the woods, according to deputies.

The deputies were shot off SW Scoggins Valley Road near the north end of Hagg Lake hours after starting their search.

Anyone interested in helping the deputies can donate to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Foundation via this link.

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