Woodburn man arrested for robbery, shots fired in unincorporated Salem
A Woodburn man was arrested on multiple charges after firing shots outside a residence in unincorporated Salem early Saturday morning and robbing a victim inside at gunpoint.
Jeffrey Jeno Garza, 39, was arrested by a Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team after several hours of unsuccessful negotiating following a 3 a.m. incident. Garza allegedly entered a residence at the 4500 block of Agate Drive Southeast — a residential neighborhood near Houck Middle School — pointed a handgun at another male inside the house and took their wallet.
According to police reports, Garza had come to the home in search of someone else inside the residence, firing shots in front of the house before entering.
There were no reported injuries as a result of the shots being fired by the suspect, which alerted multiple people near the area, who then contacted the Marion County Sheriff Office.
When deputies arrived, Garza was reportedly hiding inside the home with several other people. During the course of several hours, multiple people came out of the residence to safety, and the MCSO SWAT team was brought onto the scene along with investigators from the Criminal Investigation Unit.
Negotiators spent the next several hours attempting to get Garza to surrender peacefully. After multiple unsuccessful attempts, Garza was located hiding in a crawl space beneath the home by a police K-9 unit.
Garza was taken to an area hospital for treatment for his injuries. He will be lodged at the Marion County Jail for multiple charges including first degree robbery, second degree theft and unlawful use of a weapon.
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