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Salem Police Officer Michelle Pratt
Salem Police Officer Michelle Pratt
Officer recovering after traffic stop shooting (Photo) - 05/16/19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:     Thursday, May 16, 2019

Salem, Ore. — On the evening of Tuesday, May 14, 2019 a Salem Police officer was shot during the course of a traffic stop.

Officer Michelle Pratt, a seven-year veteran on the force, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and is now recovering at home.

Although Pratt has been an officer for seven years, she has been part of the Salem Police family since 2005 starting as a volunteer advocate on the Domestic Violence Response Team. In 2011, Pratt was hired as a community service officer, and became a police officer in 2012.

Since that time Pratt has been a stalwart of the Patrol Division primarily working on swing and graveyard shifts. Pratt has received advanced training in crisis intervention techniques and domestic violence investigations. She is also a member of the Salem Police Honor Guard.

Said Chief Moore, “Michelle’s professionalism and courage were demonstrated by her quick reaction to the suspect’s attack. She was calm and composed on the radio, and was able to self-administer her tourniquet until her cover officers arrived.” Adding, “We know that in policing there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop—and, yet, everyday our officers put on their uniform and protect this community no matter the call.”

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Media outlets: Officer Pratt is not available for comment or interview at this time. If she is willing to speak with media in the future, we will make the appropriate notifications. Thank you for your understanding.

UPDATE: Shots fired at Salem Police officer - 05/15/19

UPDATE May 15, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

Jaime Lee Jimenez, age 38 of Woodburn, was arrested at 8:40 a.m. today in connection with the shooting of a Salem Police officer during a traffic stop last evening.

Early this morning, Salem Police SWAT surrounded an apartment in the 2600 block of Broadway ST NE where investigators believed Jimenez was hiding. After nearly an hour, negotiators were able to convince Jimenez to surrender peacefully.

Jimenez has been booked into the Marion County Correctional Facility on multiple charges including Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Assault II with a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Also in the apartment was Amanda Cayetano, age 35 of Salem, who was arrested on the charge of Hindering Prosecution in connection with the incident.

The officer’s name will be released after she has notified her family members.

Further information on this incident will be coordinated by the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

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UPDATE May 15 at 0900:

The suspect in last evening's northeast Salem shooting is in custody. The trafficalert for the 2500 block of Broadway ST NE remains in place.

Please understand this is still an active investigation. Efforts will be made to try to provide more information this afternoon.

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UPDATE at 0225:

The Salem Police officer who was injured in this incident has been released from Salem Health after receiving treatment for multiple gunshot wounds.

After more than four hours of K-9 searching, the suspect in this incident remains at-large. The Salem Police Department and its partner agencies have suspended their tactical search for the suspect and have turned the crime scenes over to detectives. 

Due to the ongoing investigation we cannot release any suspect information at this time. More details will be released as they become available.

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UPDATE at 2200: 

For any media outlets coming to the area, the PIO will be setup at the northwest corner of Grove & Broadways STS NE. 

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Salem, Ore. — On May 14, 2019, at approximately 8:30 p.m. a Salem Police officer conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of Highland AV NE. During the stop a suspect shot at the officer. The officer was injured and was transported to a local medical facility.

The suspect then fled in the vehicle. The vehicle was located unoccupied shortly soon after. Currently, tactical teams are conducting a K-9 search in the area near Broadway AV NE and Locust ST NE. We are asking that residents in the area please stay inside while the K-9 track is taking place.

This is an ongoing event and as such details will not be released until more information becomes available or the incident is resolved.

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Statistics provided by the Salem Police Department
Statistics provided by the Salem Police Department
Drug team's impact reignites federal partnership (Photo) - 05/08/19

Salem, Ore. — 2018 was a remarkable year for the Salem Police Department’s special investigations team, known as the Street Crimes Unit. With the primary duty of identifying and resolving community livability issues, including controlled substance investigations, the team of one sergeant and seven officers made great strides in decreasing drug activity through arrests and the removal of drugs from the community.

“These drug-related issues negatively impact the community and create a sense of fear and victimization within our area,” said Lieutenant Debbie Aguilar of the Investigations Division who supervises the unit. “With our recent successes, the United States Attorney’s Office District of Oregon has taken notice and is working to aggressively pursue federal prosecution for our cases involving dangerous career criminals.”

In 2018, the Street Crimes Unit seized:

  • 4,464 grams of heroin
  • 3,148 grams of methamphetamine
  • 530 grams of cocaine
  • 35 Fentanyl tablets
  • 43 illegal or stolen firearms
  • $226,834 in cash derived from illegal drug sales

Explained Aguilar, “Many of these investigations were long term, taking weeks, sometimes months of intense investigation to build a prosecutable case.” The Street Crimes Unit worked on more than 300 activities which resulted in the arrest of 247 individuals on crimes ranging from Delivery of a Controlled Substance to Attempted Murder. Eight of those investigations resulted in a federal indictment by the US Attorney’s Office.”  These are cases where the possible sentences can range up to life in prison which can be longer than the penalties through the state court system,” said Aguilar.

Investigations are routinely initiated with information provided by concerned citizens. The department has several methods for community members to submit tips about suspected drug activity. “Whether the tips are provided through the hotline or online, in 2018 our detectives investigated 145 drug activity complaints,” added Aguilar.

The Street Crimes Unit is also tasked with high-risk, or high-profile, fugitive apprehension. During 2018 they worked 61 different fugitive apprehension cases, some of which involved working with outside agencies, such as the United States Marshals Service, Oregon State Police, and other neighboring agencies.

“We recognize the impact these crimes have on our community.  Growing our partnership with the US Attorney’s Office, in addition to our existing relationship with the local district attorneys aligns with the City of Salem’s vision of a safe and livable community.” Aguilar concluded.

For more information about reporting suspected drug activity, visit the Salem Police page on the City of Salem website.

Mission Street closed at Hawthorne Avenue in Salem. - 05/06/19

Salem Police are on scene of a motor vehicle accident on Mission Street near the intersection with Hawthorne Avenue SE.  Due to the investigation Mission Street is closed to eastbound traffic at Turner Road and westbound traffic at Hawthorne Avenue.  Hawthorne Avenue is closed at Airport Way to Southbound traffic.

It is anticipated the roads will remain closed for an extended period of time and drivers are asked to use alternative routes.