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Shooting Suspect Identified (Photo) - 01/10/20

The man arrested for today's shooting was Austin Schnell, 19, of Albany. Officers lodged him in the Washington County Jail for unlawful use of weapon, first-degree criminal mischief, unlawful possession of firearm, attempting to elude police, reckless driving, fourth-degree assault, and four counts of recklessly endangering.

Attached Media Files: Schnell
Hillsboro Police Investigate Shooting at Apartment Complex - 01/10/20

At 4:04 p.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired at Quatama Crossing Apartments, 650 Northeast Autumncreek Drive. 9-1-1 callers reported a man fired several shots from a pistol into a parked car before driving away in a Subaru Outback.

An officer responding to the call found a car matching this description and stopped it westbound on East Main Street west of Southeast Borwick Street. As the officer got out of his patrol car, the Subaru accelerated away.

The Subaru lost control at the intersection with Northeast Century Boulevard and crashed into the driver’s side of a Toyota 4Runner waiting to turn left at the intersection. The Toyota’s driver, a woman, and a passenger in the Subaru, a man, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Subaru’s driver and its three other passengers were uninjured.

Officers arrested the Subaru’s driver, a 19-year-old man, and recovered a pistol from the car. He was determined to be the suspect in the shooting. The car damaged in the shooting was unoccupied during the incident, and no one was injured by gunfire.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information released at this time.

An update with the name of the man arrested, charges, and booking photograph will be released later this evening.

Update on Officer-Involved Shooting - 01/06/20

The officers who used deadly force in Thursday’s officer-involved shooting were Sergeant James Haxton of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Christopher Taaca of the Hillsboro Police Department. Sergeant Haxton is a 20-year veteran of WCSO and law enforcement. Officer Taaca is a 12-year veteran of HPD and a 14-year veteran of law enforcement.

The investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team is ongoing. No further details released at this time.

Update on Officer-Involved Shooting - 01/02/20

The man who died following today’s officer-involved shooting was Stanley Hayes, 69, of Hillsboro. The investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team is ongoing. No further details released at this time.

Officer-Involved Shooting on Northeast Edgeway Drive - 01/02/20

At 1:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of an armed man inside a condominium in the 300 block of Northeast Edgeway Drive. After officers arrived, the man fired multiple rounds from inside the residence from both a rifle and a pistol over the course of approximately 30 minutes. Nearby residences and vehicles were struck by this gunfire, but no one was injured.

The armed man then emerged from the condominium, and an officer-involved shooting ensued. The man was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. No officers were injured.

The investigation by the Washington County Major Crimes Team is ongoing. No further information released at this time.