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Gladstone officer shot in Happy Valley during dog welfare check
A suspect and a Gladstone police sergeant with 20 years of experience were both shot late Monday night near the Stevens Creek Apartments in Happy Valley.
According to county officials, the incident stemmed from Gladstone officers pulling over a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Yvette Lares Garcia (aka Yvette Pando), a resident of Happy Valley, for a traffic violation in the city of Gladstone. During the traffic stop, Gladstone officers discovered that Garcia had active felony warrants for her arrest from the state of Texas for theft charges. Garcia was taken into custody, and her vehicle remained at the traffic stop location.
Garcia requested that officers conduct a welfare check on her two dogs at her house prior to her being booked at the Clackamas County Jail. Garcia was transported to her residence in Happy Valley by GPD Sgt. Travis Hill and Officer Clement Lau.
While at the residence, according to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office, Garcia was able to break away from officers and run into the house where she retrieved a handgun.
"She began firing and struck Sergeant Hill in the leg," wrote Chief Deputy DA Chris Owen. "Sergeant Hill was able to return fire and render self-aid to his gunshot wound. Officer Lau also was able to return fire and Garcia was shot."
Police radioed immediately for assistance, and medically trained deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to began lifesaving efforts on Garcia and also assisted in attending to Hill. Garcia's injuries were described as "serious but stable."
At around 10:15 p.m. Monday, CCSO authorities declared an active crime scene in the area of Southeast Causey Avenue between Stevens Road and Monterey Avenue in Happy Valley, updating the public just over two hours later that a Gladstone officer and suspect had been shot near the apartment complex at 11430 S.E. Stevens Road.
Authorities advised the area was no longer a threat to the public at approximately 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, adding that police presence was to be expected throughout the night.
Multiple law enforcement agencies were at the scene, including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Gladstone PD, Happy Valley PD and the Oregon State Police, as reported by KOIN 6.
No further information is available at this time.
Pamplin Media Group news partner KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.
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