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Cristian Acosta
Cristian Acosta
Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shooting-UPDATE (Photo) - 09/20/16

UPDATE: 09-20-16/6:00 pm

Cristian Acosta is currently lodged in the Whatcom County Jail in Bellingham, WA after he was arrested overnight attempting to cross the border into Canada. He has been charged with Aggravated Murder with a firearm and is awaiting extradition proceedings back to Salem.

The investigation has shown that this incident was related to a domestic relationship between the victim and the suspect.

The investigation is continuing, and any further information in this case will be released through the Marion County District Attorney's Office.

UPDATE: 09-20-16/11:50 am

Cristian Acosta was located and detained near the Canadian border over night. His vehicle has also been located.

Arrangements are being made for his return to Salem.

No further details are being released at this time.


UPDATE: 09-19-16/10:15 pm

Salem Police officers were called to 2559 Hyde Ct SE at approximately 1:43 pm this afternoon on a report of a disturbance at the residence. When officers arrived a short time later they found 20-year old Lucia Pamatz deceased at the scene. An autopsy is being scheduled for the victim.

The investigation has revealed that there were multiple gunshots fired in the residence, and detectives are currently looking for 22-year old Cristian J Acosta of Salem. Acosta is believed to be driving a silver 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer with a black hood, bearing Oregon Crater Lake license CA61820. Anyone with information as to Acosta's whereabouts is asked to call the Salem Police Department.

The investigation is continuing.

A photo of Acosta is attached.


Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred in the 2500 block of Hyde Ct SE at approximately 1:43 pm this afternoon.

Investigators are on scene at this time. The investigation is ongoing and no arrests have been made. No further information is available at this time.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Attached Media Files: Cristian Acosta
Salem Police Sergeant Retires (Photo) - 09/16/16

The Salem Police Department celebrated the career and retirement of Sergeant Russell "Rusty" Morris on Friday afternoon.

Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore presided over the retirement ceremony, noting Sgt Morris' long and successful career of 28 years.

Sgt Morris began his law enforcement career as a Reserve Deputy with the Marion County Sheriff's Office in 1988 and was hired full time as a Deputy Sheriff 13 months later. In 1993 he went to work for the Gresham Police Department, then was hired by the Salem Police Department in 1996.

During his career at the Salem Police Department, Sgt Morris worked on patrol and in the Traffic Control Unit. He was promoted to the rank of Corporal in 1998 and worked in the Criminal Investigations Section and in the Drug Enforcement Unit attached to the local DEA Task Force. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2003 where he worked as a patrol supervisor, supervisor of the Traffic Control Unit and supervisor in the Street Crimes Unit. During his time as the Sergeant of the Traffic Control Unit, Sgt Morris was instrumental in the implementation of the Photo Red Light program.

Throughout his career with the Salem Police Department, Sgt Morris had extra duties as a Field Training Officer and the Field Training Officer program supervisor, was a member of SWAT, a firearms instructor and department armorer, Intoxilizer instructor, Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer and instructor and Trauma Team member and supervisor.

Sgt Morris said that he is looking forward to spending time with family and friends and much more time fishing. The Salem Police Department wishes Sgt Morris the best in his retirement.

Attached Media Files: Morris_Russell.jpg
Salem Police Investigating Fatal Shooting-UPDATE - 09/09/16

UPDATE: 09-09-16/3:40 pm

The victim in this incident has now been identified and next of kin notified. The victim is 30-year old Manuel Zavala of Salem.

There are no further details to release at this time. All further media information on this case will be through the Polk County District Attorney's Office.


UPDATE: 09-07-16/1:40 pm

Salem Police detectives have arrested a suspect in this morning's fatal shooting in west Salem.

Salem Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Taybin Rd NW and Calico St NW at about 3:27am this morning on reports of shots fired in the area. As officers were responding, the dispatch center received a call from a subject indicating that he had just shot someone at that location.

Officers arrived at the scene and encountered 32-year old Christopher Edward Gerberding and immediately detained him. Laying on the ground near Gerberding was a male adult who was deceased.

The investigation has shown that there was an altercation between Gerberding and the deceased victim at which point Gerberding shot and killed the victim. The victim has not yet been identified and an autopsy is pending.

Gerberding has been arrested on charges of Manslaughter in the First Degree and Unlawful Use of a Weapon and will be transported to the Polk County Jail. He will be arraigned on September 8.

The identity of the victim will be released upon positive identification and notification of next of kin.


Salem Police Detectives are currently investigating a fatal shooting that occurred overnight near the intersection of Taybin Rd NW and Calico St NW.

One victim is deceased and another person was detained at the scene and is being interviewed by detectives.

No further information is being released at this time. Further information will follow as it becomes available.

Salem Police Bomb Squad Investigating Suspicious Items - 09/08/16

The Salem Police Department Bomb squad is on scene at 1395 12th St SE investigating suspicious items located in a U-haul truck.

The truck was turned in to U-Haul sometime overnight and suspicious items were located in the cab of the truck. The truck is completely full of various items, and the U-Haul business as well as one lane of 12th St SE is closed as the Bomb Squad continues to investigate and render safe any suspicious items.

It is anticipated that this situation will be resolved and the business and lane of traffic opened at approximately 1:00 pm.


Salem Police To Conduct Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Campaign - 09/04/16

With children returning to school and daylight hours getting shorter, pedestrian safety issues become even more important. As a result, the Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit will be conducting pedestrian safety enforcement and education campaigns throughout the City during this first full week of September.

The campaigns will utilize plain clothes officers who will be crossing streets at crosswalk locations throughout the City, and video cameras will be used to record violations. Those who are contacted will be able to view the violation on video.

Oregon law requires all drivers to stop prior to entering a crosswalk for pedestrians who are crossing the street in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is either in the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling or in a lane adjacent to the lane in which the driver's vehicle is traveling.

Marked crosswalks may be located at or between intersections and are recognized by solid or dashed white lines. Oregon Law also states that every intersection should be considered to have a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Additionally, a vehicle may not legally pass another vehicle that is stopped at a marked or unmarked crosswalk for a pedestrian. Failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and for passing a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk are class B violations and carry a fine of up to $260.00.

This safety campaign is in partnership with Oregon Impact in order to address pedestrian and crosswalk safety through education and enforcement.

Salem Police Investigating Fatal Crash on Cordon Rd SE-Name correction - 09/02/16

UPDATE: 09-02-16/12:05 PM

Correction on the name of the deceased driver. The deceased driver has been identified as Anthony Joseph Neal.

UPDATE: 09-02-16/11:55 am

The Salem Police Department Traffic Control Unit is continuing to investigate a fatal crash that occurred at approximately 7:30 am this morning.

Officers were dispatched to Cordon Rd SE on the overpass over Highway 22 on a report of a two-vehicle crash. Officers arrived to find one of the drivers deceased and the other driver injured.

The investigation has shown that a sedan was southbound on Cordon Rd going over the overpass when it crossed the center line and collided with a northbound AJ Medical Transport van. The roadway was completely blocked and the traffic was diverted at Gaffin Rd SE and Lancaster Dr SE.

The vehicle that was southbound and crossed over the center line was a 1994 Acura Integra that was being driven by 31-year old Anthony Joseph Craven of Salem. He was deceased at the scene. The AJ Medical Transport van was a 2012 Dodge Grand Caravan and was being driven by 46-year old Jennifer Craven of Salem. There were no patients being transported in the van at the time. Jennifer Craven was transported to Salem Health with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The roadway is now open to normal traffic, there have been or arrests nor citations issued and the crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.


The Salem Police Department Traffic Control unit is investigating a fatal crash on the Cordon Rd overpass that crosses over Highway 22.

The roadway will be closed for an extended period of time as the crash is investigated. Please avoid the area if possible.

No further details are available at this time. Details will be released as they become available.

Salem Police Will Add Extra Holiday Patrols - 09/01/16

The Salem Police Department will continue to enhance the safety of our roadways with specialized patrols to target those who are Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. The overtime patrol shifts, funded by Oregon Impact, mark an ongoing partnership and commitment to keep our streets safe. The second of two "high visibility" time periods will occur this coming Labor Day weekend. During this period Salem Police will have additional officers working overtime with the focus on arresting drivers who are driving under the influence of intoxicants.

During the month of August, officers worked one of these focused patrols, arresting one person for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants. They also issued another 10 citations and warnings for other violations. As an agency, the Salem Police Department arrested 32 people for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants in the month of July, issued 90 citations for Driving While Suspended, one citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and issued another 1444 citations and warnings for various other offenses.

The Salem Police Department and our partners such as Oregon Impact are committed to keeping our community safe through traffic safety enforcement and education.