Washington County deputy released day after shooting
A day after being shot and injured, a Washington County sheriff's deputy has been released from the hospital, the Sheriff's Office announced Friday afternoon, Aug. 9.
The deputy was one of two wounded in a shootout with a burglary suspect near the north end of Henry Hagg Lake, northwest of Gaston, on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 8. The other deputy remains in serious condition at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital.
The suspect was reportedly injured by return fire during Thursday's exchange in the woods off Southwest Scoggis Valley Road. His condition is unknown, but the Sheriff's Office said he was still receiving medical treatment as of Friday.
Neither the names of the deputies nor that of the suspected shooter have been released yet.
"Our focus remains on respecting the privacy of our wounded deputies and their families," the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.
The Sheriff's Office said deputies responded Thursday afternoon after a homeowner in the 54700 block of Scoggins Valley Road reported that a strange man stole a long gun from a storage area outside the house, then disappeared into the woods.
According to the Sheriff's Office, the suspect opened fire on deputies as they searched the area. He later surrendered to law enforcement.
The deputy with serious injuries was transported to OHSU Hospital via air ambulance, while the other wounded deputy and the suspect were taken by ground ambulance, the Sheriff's Office said.
The incident prompted a massive law enforcement response in the Gaston area. Police departments from throughout the Westside responded, as did several local fire and rescue agencies.
"My sincerest appreciation to the many local agencies who responded to transport the injured deputies to safety and to provide ongoing medical care," Sheriff Pat Garrett said Thursday night.
The Sheriff's Office added in its Friday statement that it "continues to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from our community."
"We thank everyone for their kind words and warm wishes," the statement concluded.
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