A reported “hostage situation” in Oregon on Monday resulted in a fatal shootout with multiple deaths, officials said.
The Marion County Sheriff’s office said in a press release the incident occurred at 12:30 p.m. local time in a house in Salem over the possible hostage situation. A trained negotiator from the bureau’s hostage-taking negotiation team then called the suspect.
“When the incident played out, shots were fired,” the sheriff’s office said. “Ultimately, this incident resulted in multiple deaths, including the suspect.”
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No MPs were injured, and officials said there was no reason to believe that there was an outstanding threat to the community.
“I heard three gunshots and then within five minutes I heard a bang,”
O’Kelly said she not only heard the gunfire, but also saw several people being placed on stretchers.
“The sirens I heard were all ambulances coming in,” she said to FOX12. “They invited three different people that I could see. One of them right outside my house.”
The sheriff’s office did not release additional information on how many people were killed, who killed them, or what led to the deaths.
Neighbor Brian Johnson, who described the situation as “somewhat worrying,” wished the authorities would inform the public about what was going on at the house.
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“I would like more information you know, find out what happened and why, why it happened,” he told FOX12.
The street in front of the house where the shooting took place was closed for several hours while police conducted their investigation, the Statesman Journal reported.
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Officials said in a press release Monday night that the Oregon State Police were on the spot and were investigating.
“All MPs involved in the shooting will be on administrative leave during the investigation into the shooting, as specified in the minutes,” the sheriff’s office said.