Suspect in shooting of Washington County deputies arrested
A man the Washington County Sheriff's Office says shot two deputies in the woods near Henry Hagg Lake on Aug. 8 has been arrested, the sheriff's office said late Friday afternoon, Aug. 23.
Dante James Halling, 56, allegedly shot Cpl. Jeremy Braun and Deputy Chris Iverson as they searched for a suspect in a reported burglary in the 54700 block of Southwest Scoggins Valley Road, northwest of Gaston.
According to the sheriff's office, Halling faces two charges of attempted murder, as well as charges of first- and second-degree assault, in connection with the Aug. 8 shootings. He has not been arraigned.
The sheriff's office said Halling was believed to have stolen at least one long gun from a nearby residence. After the burglary was reported, the sheriff's office activated the Washington County Tactical Negotiation Team, an interagency group of deputies and police officers, to track the suspect.
Halling allegedly opened fire on the group, wounding Braun and Iverson. Team members returned fire, shooting and injuring Halling, according to the sheriff's office. Halling surrendered to deputies and was medically evacuated, along with Braun and Iverson.
Iverson was treated and released from the hospital the same evening. Braun remains hospitalized. Halling was discharged from the hospital Friday afternoon and subsequently taken into custody, the sheriff's office said.
Halling was lodged at the Multnomah County Jail.
Halling has an extensive criminal history in Oregon. In 2015, he pleaded guilty to felony burglary and was sentenced to three years in prison.
In 2018, a Multnomah County judge ruled twice that he had violated the terms of his probation. He was arrested on those outstanding warrants, the sheriff's office said Friday.
Along with Braun and Iverson, four other sheriff's office personnel, a Tualatin police officer and a Hillsboro police detective who were present at the scene on Aug. 8 have been placed on administrative leave by their respective agencies — standard procedure when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.
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