Three people were shot dead in Oregon — including an 11-year-old boy — after hostage talks abruptly ended and officers stormed the house, according to authorities.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call about a potential hostage situation at around 12:30 p.m. local time on Monday, according to a news release from the agency. Deputies in Salem initially made contact with suspect Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco, 34, Monday afternoon and attempted to “resolve the situation peacefully,” according to Oregon State Police (OSP).
The department issued a press release on Monday saying that officers arrived at a house in the early afternoon with a “trained negotiator” from the sheriff’s department.
The Marion County officers forced entry after hearing gunshots — and “one deputy fired a yet to be determined number of rounds” as he stormed the property, OSP said Tuesday.
Inside, Lopez-Tinoco was found dead “with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” state police said. Two others were also fatally shot — Diari Bustos-Bustos, 24, and an 11-year-old boy who is not being identified.
A woman identified as Laura Rocio-Bustos, 43, was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries from gunshot wounds, while a 13-year-old boy was rescued uninjured, police said. No deputies were injured.
It was not revealed if any of the injuries were believed to have been from the officer’s shots. Officials also did not reveal what sparked the hostage situation, nor the relationship between Lopez-Tinoco and the victims.
The deputy who opened fired, Ricky Kittelson, was placed on administrative leave “as per protocol,” the force said.
Oregon State Police Capt. Timothy R. Fox said in an email to The New York Times that more specific details surrounding the incident will be released to the public on Tuesday.
This comes as demonstrations against police brutality have been held about 45 miles north in Portland for more than a hundred straight days. The protesters continue to clash with officers as they call for “justice” following recent police killings of black individuals.
CBS’s Portland affiliate station, KOIN, reported that more than 20 people were arrested Monday night after police declared that protesters were unlawfully gathering outside the police union headquarters.
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Friday with police cracking down to prevent violence from erupting at the demonstration and among counterprotesters.