WCSO: Two deputies shot near Gaston
Two sheriff's deputies were reportedly shot near the north end of Henry Hagg Lake on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8.
Neither deputy was killed in the shooting, and the suspect was wounded by return fire before being apprehended, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. Residents of the area were briefly warned to shelter in place before the Sheriff's Office confirmed the suspected shooter had been taken into custody.
Deputy Brian van Kleef, a Sheriff's Office spokesman, said the suspect is believed to have stolen guns from a nearby residence.
The suspect is in custody. There is no longer a threat to the area. pic.twitter.com/CYmmZXPToh— WCSO Oregon (@WCSOOregon) August 9, 2019
Van Kleef said the suspect was also shot and has been taken to the hospital. The suspect's injuries aren't considered life-threatening, he said.
The Sheriff's Office said the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team was deployed to the area after a homeowner reported that someone stole a long gun from their house and then disappeared into the woods.
According to the report, the suspect began shooting at deputies as they were searching the area, striking two of them. Other team members returned fire, injuring the suspect, who subsequently surrendered to deputies, the Sheriff's Office said.
The theft was reported in the 54700 block of Southwest Scoggins Valley Road, northwest of Gaston.
The LifeFlight Network, which operates air ambulance helicopters, was activated to respond to the scene.
MetroWest Ambulance said it transported two of the patients from the scene by ground ambulance, with the third being taken by air ambulance.
The Sheriff's Office released a statement at 7:39 p.m. Thursday saying that both deputies are receiving medical treatment. One received non-life-threatening wounds. The other was seriously injured. He is being treated at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland and has "a good prognosis," the Sheriff's Office said.
As of 10:39 p.m. Thursday, the Sheriff's Office had no information on the condition of the suspect, who was also hospitalized following the shooting. The suspect's name was not released Thursday.
Multiple law enforcement agencies across the region, including city police departments from throughout Washington County, as well as the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Portland Police Bureau, and several fire and rescue agencies responded to the shootings in support of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
We are sending positive thoughts to WAcSO deputies as well as resources. Our thoughts and prayers are with you https://t.co/lAr6m3X6It— TPD Chief KMAC (@TPDchiefkmac) August 9, 2019
Editor's note: This story has been updated with more information on the situation and the reported circumstances of the shootings as of 11:40 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8.
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