Woodburn man charged with murder
A Woodburn man is being charged with murder after a fatal shooting in Wilsonville Friday morning.
Camilo Santiago-Santiago, 25, of Woodburn was arrested for the slaying of his former boss, Carl Hellinger, a manager at Heritage Specialty Foods in Wilsonville.
According to police reports, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a call that a suspect had walked into Heritage Specialty Foods on Boberg Road in Wilsonville at around 8:20 a.m., fired multiple rounds with a handgun and killed one person, later identified as Hellinger.
The suspect, identified as Santiago-Santiago, fled the scene in a red sedan, traveling south toward Woodburn. A Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy on patrol identified Santiago-Santiago's vehicle, pursuing him to a residential neighborhood behind the Woodburn Premium Outlets, where Santiago-Santiago barricaded himself in his vehicle at the 1800 block of Woodland Ave.
The deputy was joined by multiple law-enforcement agencies, including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, Clackamas County SWAT and Marion County SWAT teams.
CCSO reported that a standoff with police and Santiago-Santiago began at around 8:50 a.m. and ended at 9:30 a.m. when he surrendered.
During the armed standoff, which included multiple armored vehicle pinning in Santiago-Santiago's vehicle, the suspect reportedly yelled multiple times at law enforcement to shoot him. Finally, Santiago-Santiago exited the vehicle with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody by tactical team members.
CCSO Sgt. Marcus Mendoza credited the relatively quick arrest with the cooperation of multiple jurisdictions, which included Clackamas County, Marion County, Wilsonville Police, Oregon State Police, Salem Police and Woodburn Police.
"We had a vehicle description -- a red sedan," CCSO Sgt. Marcus Mendoza said. "We knew the direction he was going, and at that point I believe a Marion County Sheriff's deputy located and spotted the vehicle...He was contained within the vehicle.
"We were very fortunate that we located him quickly."
Mendoza speculated that the shooting did not appear to be random.
"There were multiple employees at the business. Only one person was shot and killed," Mendoza said.
The victim, 36-year old Hellinger of Portland, was a manager at Heritage Specialty Foods. According to reports, Santiago-Santiago had recently been fired from Heritage Specialty Foods.
Heritage Specialty Foods, a Portland-based food service, restaurant and wholesale store offered the following statement:
At approximately 8:30 AM this morning, there was a shooting at our Wilsonville facility. Law enforcement has responded and are on site. We now understand that one team member was fatally wounded and are working to understand more about what occurred. We are in active communication with law enforcement and will provide more information to our employees, partners and customers as it becomes available.
The news of this senseless violence comes as a shock to all of us. We ask for the community's prayers and support for survivors and all of our team members during this time.
When Santiago-Santiago was apprehended, police found a pistol in his waistband and two other guns inside his vehicle, and detectives subsequently searched the suspect's residence.
A CCSO Twitter post on Friday noted: "Our SWAT Team had coincidentally been training in Wilsonville that morning, and quickly deployed to the post-pursuit standoff in Woodburn to assist."
Witnesses in the neighborhood where Santiago-Santiago was taken into custody described the scene as a red car slowly moving down the dead-end cul de sac shortly before a legion of police vehicles and scores of officers from a variety of jurisdictions descended on the vehicle.
"These things are very difficult for the community...This level of violence is very uncommon in Wilsonville. We enjoy a very low crime rate here, typically, so this is very out of the ordinary," Wilsonville Police Chief Rob Wurpes said.
Santiago-Santiago was booked into Clackamas County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and felon in possession of a weapon. Detectives and CSI technicians remained at the crime scene collecting and processing evidence and conducting interviews.
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