Corvallis Police Detectives are continuing to investigate an apparent murder-suicide that occurred at 2:32:pm on Friday, March 10th, 2017 at the Orleans Natural Area at 28200 HWY 34 in Corvallis. Officers were called to the scene by a passing motorist, who reported a man had shot himself alongside the highway. The close proximity of the crime scene to the highway required that traffic be diverted away from the area. The man who shot himself has been identified as 31-year-old Derek Brown of Corvallis. Brown was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis where he died as a result of his injuries on Sunday. At the scene, a second gunshot victim was located in a tent in a nearby wooded area. That gunshot victim, identified as 38-year-old Karla Melson of Corvallis, was pronounced dead at the scene. Melson had been living in the tent at that location. Investigators recovered the handgun from the roadway and later determined it had been stolen. Brown and Melson were known to each other, but the motive for the crime is still being investigated.
Corvallis Police Detectives are continuing to investigate a shooting that occurred at 2:32:pm on March 10th, 2017 near the Orleans Natural Area at 28200 HWY 34 in Corvallis. The highway was closed for for an extended period due to the investigation. The individual was transported from the side of HWY 34 with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is currently in critical condition at Good Samaritan Hospital. While searching the area detectives located a second gunshot victim in a nearby tent within the wooded area adjacent to the highway. The gunshot victim in the tent was deceased. Identification of both individuals is pending notification of next of kin. At this time, the investigation is ongoing. The highway is now open to all traffic.
As of 1:10am Corvallis Police have concluded the operation just east of Corvallis. Highway 34 is now open to normal traffic. The investigation into the incident of Friday afternoon remains open.
Corvallis Police Department Detectives are investigating a shooting that occurred at 2:32:pm at the Orleans Natural Area at 28200 HWY 34 in Corvallis. Officers were called to the scene by a passing motorist, who reported a man had been shot alongside the road. Several witnesses reported the gunshot was self-inflicted. Upon investigating, a second gunshot victim was located nearby in a wooded area. At this time, one gunshot victim is deceased, and one is still alive. The investigation is on-going and no victim information is available for release. There is no danger to the public at this time. The Oregon State Police Crime Lab has been called to assist and the highway may be closed for an extended period of time. Updates will be provided when available.
On March 4, 2017, at approximately 3:15pm, Corvallis Police Department Officers responded to the 600 block of NW 18th ST, for a report of a fight. Upon arriving, the officers discovered a male resident of a nearby house had observed a suspect, identified as 24-year-old Christian Colaci of Corvallis, stealing a bike from his attached garage, which was open at the time. The resident chased Colaci as he tried to flee, tackling him to the ground until police arrived. Colaci admitted to stealing the bike but told officers he planned to return it later.
Colaci was also in possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia at the time of arrest. He was taken into custody on charges or Burglary I, Theft II, and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. He was lodged at the Benton County Correctional Facility on $112,500 bail.
Below is a link to Colaci's booking photo:
Corvallis Police Detectives have been persistently investigating a sexual assault at Bald Hill Park, which was reported February 26, 2017. The information learned from the initial report was inconsistent, and required further investigation. Since that time, investigators have been able to identify and interview the victim and the suspect, both of whom are known to each other. The investigation is ongoing, and we are now certain there is no danger to the public.
The Corvallis Police Department appreciates the patience of the community, as this investigation has taken time to develop. Further updates may be released as additional information comes available.
On February 26, 2017, at approximately 5:05pm, Corvallis Police Department Officers responded to Bald Hill Park (5700 SW Reservoir Ave), for a report of sexual assault that had just occurred. Officers responded and contacted the female victim who stated the assault occurred while she was walking her dog in the park. Numerous law enforcement personnel and a police K9 conducted an extensive search of Bald Hill Park with no suspect or persons of interest located. Corvallis Police Detectives are currently investigating this case.
At this time, no further information is available. As a general reminder, community members are encouraged to remain aware of their surroundings, and are asked to call and report any suspicious activity they see that may be criminal in nature.