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Marion County Sheriff's Office reports that a suspect died and the officer was injured in a shooting near the Aurora I-5 exit

Marion County Sheriff's Office reported that deputies were called to the Flying J Truck Stop near Aurora at about 6:15 a.m. Monday, April 25, after being notified that a U.S. Marshal said a wanted person was spotted outside.

Upon seeing law enforcement's presence, the suspect barricaded inside a van in the parking lot, and the Marion County Interagency SWAT team was called out to assist.

OSP reported that the SWAT team attempted to negotiate with the suspect unsuccessfully for several hours. Gas munitions were introduced into the van at about 10:50 a.m., at which point the suspect exited the vehicle.

At that point multiple shots were fired, and a Woodburn Police officer, Jesse Ponce, 31, was shot and sustained serious injuries. The suspect, Micaiah Clinton, 27, of Portland was also shot. Emergency personnel attempted medical aid, but Clinton died at the scene.

Police said Clinton had outstanding warrants for felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to elude police.

Ponce was taken to a Portland-area hospital and treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. He has been with Woodburn Police since 2017 and is a member of the Marion County Interagency SWAT Team.

Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy Tyler Morrow has been placed on administrative leave. Morrow, 32, is a member of the SWAT team and has been with MCSO since 2012.

"Woodburn Police Department is happy to report that officer Ponce is out of surgery and resting comfortably at the hospital," WPD Chief Marty Pilcher said. "We wish him a healthy recovery. Additionally, we are greatly appreciative of all the assistance we received this morning from the EMS and our fellow law-enforcement agencies."

Marion County Sheriff Joe Kast added: "Our hearts our with the Woodburn Police Department and officer Ponce. We admire the courage the men and women in law enforcement show every day when them go to work, committed to protecting our community."

Marion County District Attorney's Office and Oregon State Police are coordinating the investigation.


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