Mayor grieves loss of friend

Police have named Dirck Morgan White, 41, of Edgewood, Wash., as a suspect in the shooting death of Clackamas County weighmaster, Grady Waxenfelter.

Waxenfelter lived in the Estacada area.

by: COURTESY OF CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - Dirck Morgan WhiteAccording to a press release issued by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, police received a 9-1-1 call at 10:48 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, to report someone had been shot to death at Highway 224 and Amisigger Road.

Following the shooting, deputies closed portions of Highway 224 and Amisigger Road as the Crime Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) personnel gathered evidence from the crime scene.

The roads have been reopened.

At the recommendation of the Sheriff’s Office, Estacada schools were placed under a level-one lockdown for approximately two hours, despite a planned early release due to inclement weather.

Police are searching for White in connection with the murder.

White is also wanted for a weapon’s offense from Pierce County, Wash.

He is believed to be driving a silver four-door 2004 Mercedes 320 with the Washington license plate ANB7070.

White is considered armed and dangerous; police urge the public not to engage White if spotted but to call 9-1-1.

Waxenfelter served as a Clackamas County weighmaster since 2005.

“He was just one of those guys who had a wonderful combination of strength and stability,” said Estacada Mayor Brent Dodrill, who referred to Waxenfelter as a close friend.

Dodrill is also a pastor at the Estacada First Baptist Church. He said that Waxenfelter had been a church elder there for about a decade.

The two would often ride motorcycles together.

Dodrill described Waxenfelter as a motorcycle and car enthusiast and devoted husband and father of three.

“He was one of those tough and tender sort of guys,” Dodrill said. “Just a great loss not just for his family but for all of us who knew him.”

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