Deputy, corporal shot near Hagg Lake last Thursday named
The Washington County Sheriff's Office has identified the two law enforcement officers injured in last Thursday's reported shooting near Henry Hagg Lake as Cpl. Jeremy Braun and Deputy Chris Iverson.
Braun, a 16-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, is still hospitalized following the shooting, which the Sheriff's Office said occurred as deputies were searching for a burglary suspect in the woods near the northern end of Hagg Lake last Thursday, Aug. 8. Iverson, who has been with the Sheriff's Office for seven years, was reportedly treated and released from the hospital that same night.
The names were released Wednesday evening, Aug. 14.
Dante James Halling is suspected in the shooting. Halling was injured when law enforcement officers returned fire after Braun and Iverson were shot, the Sheriff's Office said. He also remains hospitalized.
Braun is in serious but stable condition, according to the Sheriff's Office. Halling's condition is unknown.
According to department policy, the Sheriff's Office has also named the six other law enforcement officers who were involved in the exchange of gunfire.
Washington County Sgt. John Crecelius was the ranking officer at the scene. Cpl. Cade Edwards, Deputy Steve Nichols and Deputy Justin Pelletteri were also among those involved.
Sgt. Danny DePietro, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said Braun, Crecelius, Edwards, Iverson, Nichols and Pelletteri have been placed on critical incident leave. That is standard operating policy after a shooting in which Sheriff's Office personnel are involved.
Crecelius and Edwards have 16 years of experience with the Sheriff's Office. Nichols has been with the Sheriff's Office for 10 years; Pelletteri, for 11 years.
Officer Jose Cabrera of the Hillsboro Police Department and Detective Kevin Winfield of the Tualatin Police Department were also involved in the incident, the Sheriff's Office said. They are members of the Washincton County Tactical Negotiation Team, which includes both sheriff's personnel and police from participating cities, DePietro confirmed.
Following standard protocol, Cabrera has also been placed on leave following the incident, Hillsboro Police Sgt. Eric Bunday said, as has Winfield, according to Jennifer Massey, spokeswoman for the Tualatin Police Department.
The Tactical Negotiation Team was deployed to the scene in the 54700 block of Southwest Scoggins Valley Road, after the Sheriff's Office received a report of a strange man stealing a gun from a residence in the area at about 2:16 p.m. Thursday.
Multiple team members returned fire after Braun and Iverson were shot. A wounded Halling ultimately surrendered to law enforcement at the scene, the Sheriff's Office said.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office Foundation has established an online fundraising page to support Braun and Iverson and their families.
By Mark Miller
Washington County Editor
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