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Salem Police Station lobby closed due to death investigation - 11/11/23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: November 11, 2023

Salem Police Station lobby closed due to death investigation

Due to tragic circumstances which occurred this afternoon at the Salem Police Department, the station lobby is closed until Monday morning, November 13, at 8:00 a.m.

Today at approximately 1:00 p.m., a man entered the vestibule of the police station, removed a shotgun from the bag he carried, and took his own life. Officers arrived moments later to find the man, age 80, dead from the gunshot wound. In instances of suicide, the name of the victim is not typically released.

Because of the unfortunate circumstances, the police station lobby, located at 333 Division ST NE, will be closed while the incident is investigated.

During the lobby closure, residents may still access police services in the following manner:

  • To file a police report, call 503-588-6123, select option 1.
  • For vehicle releases, call 503-588-6144, select option 9. Please call ahead to minimize delays in response.
  • For police records services, use the convenient online City of Salem Public Records Portal.

As always, if you need emergency services, please call 9-1-1.

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Officer shoots suspect in menacing incident - 11/09/23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: November 9, 2023

Officer shoots suspect in menacing incident

Salem, Ore. — A suspect was injured late Thursday afternoon after being shot by a Salem Police officer.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., the dispatch center received a report of a man with a gun in the parking lot of the Popeyes Restaurant at 2595 Lancaster DR NE. The caller reported a man pointed the gun at a person and was also trying to stop drivers.

An officer in the area was flagged down by a witness and provided the suspect’s description. The officer located the suspect walking in the area of Coral AV and Wolverine ST NE. The suspect pointed what appeared to be a gun at the officer while the officer was still in his vehicle. The officer fired his weapon, injuring the suspect. 

The suspect was transported for medical care with a non-life-threatening injury. The officer was not injured.

The Marion County Law Enforcement Officer Deadly Use of Force Plan under Senate Bill 111 has been initiated for this incident, and Oregon State Police (OSP) will be conducting the primary investigation in coordination with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

Per the use of force plan protocol, all further details concerning this investigation will be provided by OSP.

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Suspicious death investigation - 11/07/23

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  

DATE: November 7, 2023

Suspicious death investigation

Salem, Ore. — A teenager was found dead Monday morning, November 6, and Salem Police detectives are investigating the incident as a suspicious death.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. yesterday, Salem Police officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Evergreen AV NE on the report of an unconscious person inside a vehicle. Officers arrived to find a deceased, young man. 

The individual has been identified as a 15-year-old Salem resident. Salem Police detectives are investigating the teen’s death and working all available leads.

No other information about this active investigation is being released, including the name of the victim who is a minor.

At this time, the police department is requesting anyone who may have information concerning this case to please call the Salem Police Tips Line at 503-588-8477.

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