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Woodburn man charged with Tuesday incident involving the shooting of a Salem Police officer during a traffic stop

A Woodburn man has been arrested on multiple charges, including attempted murder, stemming from a traffic stop on Tuesday in which the suspect allegedly shot a Salem police officer.

MARION COUNTY JAIL - Jaime Lee JimenezJaime Lee Jimenez, 38, was arrested Wednesday morning after an hour-long standoff with a Salem Police SWAT team at a Salem apartment.

Salem Police reported that an officer was shot several times on Tuesday evening after making a traffic stop in the 500 block of Highland Avenue, The motorist fled in the vehicle, which was found abandoned a short time later.

The officer was later identified as seven-year veteran Michelle Pratt, who was transported to a medical facility, treated for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

Police set up a perimeter and conducted a K-9 search for the suspect later that evening, but it was called off after four hours when it proved unsuccessful.

At 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, a SWAT team surrounded an apartment in the 2600 block of Broadway Street, NE, where Jimenez was arrested and taken into custody.

Jimenez has been lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility on multiple charges that include attempted aggravated murder with a firearm, assault with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

Police also identified Amanda Cayetano, 35, of Salem as a person who was in the apartment when Jimenez was arrested. Cayetano was charged with hindering prosecution.

Salem Police Lt. Treven Upkes said Pratt is recovering from the incident at home.SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT - Salem Police officer Michelle Pratt.

Pratt began her involvement with Salem Police in 2005 as a volunteer advocate on the Domestic Violence Response Team. She became a community service officer in 2011 and a police officer in 2012.

Upkes added that Pratt has received advanced training in crisis intervention techniques and domestic violence investigations. She is also a member of the Salem Police Honor Guard.

"Michelle's professionalism and courage were demonstrated by her quick reaction to the suspect's attack," Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore said. "She was calm and composed on the radio, and was able to self-administer her tourniquet until her cover officers arrived.

"We know that in policing there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop—and, yet, everyday our officers put on their uniform and protect this community no matter the call," Moore added.

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