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Newberg man, arrested for attacking his sons and their mother in June, likely took his life Tuesday at county jail

Shane Earl Rader, the Newberg man arrested in mid-June on allegations he attempted to murder his two young sons and their mother, died in captivity on Tuesday, June 29.Rader

According to a release from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, Rader was found unresponsive at about 7:45 p.m. in his cell at the county jail. Sheriff's deputies immediately initiated "lifesaving measures" after alerting medical personnel. It is believed he committed suicide, the release said without expounding on what means he may have used to kill himself.

"Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful and Rader was pronounced deceased at the scene," the release said.

Sheriff Tim Svenson has enlisted the aid of the Newberg-Dundee Police Department in conducting an investigation into Rader's death. Protocol for many law enforcement departments is to seek outside agencies to conduct investigations so as to quell any appearance of impropriety. The sheriff's office declined to supply any additional information on the case.

Rader was taken into custody on June 15 in Newberg after officers were called to a home at 23635 N.E. Sunnycrest Road on a report that he had shot his 3-year-old son in the head with a pellet gun.

While officers made their way to the home, they were informed that Rader had fled the scene with the 3-year-old and his 6-year-old brother. Rader had been arrested for assault and violating a no-contact order issued the night before the shooting incident. He had been out of sheriff's office custody after posting bail.

"At about 10:45 a.m., dispatch advised that both boys had been dropped off at the (Providence Newberg Medical Center) emergency department, but their father had left," a release from YCSO said. "At about 10:55 a.m. Rader was located and stopped by Newberg-Dundee police on Parrett Mountain Road near Haugen Road, just east of Newberg. He was detained and transferred into the custody of Yamhill County deputies. His vehicle was seized for processing."

The YCSO Special Investigations Unit and NDPD both interviewed witnesses to determine what happened. The investigation indicated that Rader entered the residence unlawfully, engaged the children's mother in a physical altercation and threatened to kill the family.

"During this altercation, he shot his youngest son in the head with a high-powered pellet rifle," the YCSO wrote in its release. "The pellet entered the skull, causing significant injury. The child was transported via helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where he has undergone surgery and is in serious condition."

Initially it appeared that the boy might have suffered some paralysis, but a post on a GoFundMe account set up in the family's name indicates the youth is moving all of his limbs, although he was on breathing and feeding tubes for a while before they were removed. He will also require some long-term physical therapy to recuperate, the GoFundMe post said.

Rader was initially charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder, three counts of attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree burglary, strangulation, fourth-degree felony assault, three counts of menacing, three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, criminal mistreatment, fourth-degree domestic assault, reckless endangering and for violating a release agreement.

A Yamhill County grand jury returned an 18-count indictment on June 23 that mirrored the original charges. His former domestic partner testified before the grand jury in the case.

In a probable cause affidavit filed by YCSO Detective Todd Steele, Rader allegedly told investigators he traveled to the home in June with the intent of murdering his children and their mother, then killing himself. Rader, the affidavit said, had researched the pellet gun's capability to gravely injure.


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