Benton Co. Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Injured in 2012 Shootout to Return to Patrol
Benton County Sheriff Scott Jackson is pleased to announce that Sergeant David Peterson is set to return to his first day back on patrol on Monday, December 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm. He will be returning to the exact same shift when on August 11, 2012, he was shot three times: once in the left shin, once in the left knee, and once in the abdomen, just below his ballistic vest, during a gun battle with a wanted fugitive. Salem Police Corporal Andrew Connolly was also shot once in the right leg and is still recovering from his injuries. Sgt. Peterson and Deputy Greg Goller returned fire and the suspect was also shot multiple times and is currently serving a 20 year prison sentence.
Sgt. Peterson nearly died from his numerous injuries and endured two major surgeries, four surgical procedures, five and a half weeks in the hospital that included two stays in the Intensive Care Unit, eight months of physical therapy, and numerous other medical procedures and hardships throughout his strenuous recovery. He began working desk work in December 2012 part time and has been working desk work full time since May 2013.
Sgt. Peterson said, "It is impossible to ever truly thank everyone involved in saving my life that night and those that helped me through this intense recovery: from Salem Officers Verhaar and Heranandez, Deputy Miller, to the doctors, nurses, and physical therapists to all of the family and friends that provided support. Today is a victory not just for me, but for all law enforcement and the sacrifices they make every day. I am ecstatic to be able to return to the people and job that I love."
This event was very traumatic for our every members of the Office and the impacts of this event rippled through the County said Sheriff Jackson. Having Deputy Peterson back on the job is a critical milestone for him, his family and for our agency. Jackson said he is proud of Deputy Peterson's recovery and is thrilled to have him back in uniform doing what we all love to do, keeping our community safe.
Benton County Sheriff's Office is Investigating a DUII Injury Motor Vehicle Crash
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate a two-vehicle injury motor vehicle crash that occurred on Highway 20, at the intersection of Circle Blvd, just outside the Corvallis City Limits. The crash resulted in serious injuries for both drivers and the arrest of one of the drivers on several charges.
At about 4:35 pm on Thursday, November 21, 2013, Matthew Cannard, 29, from McMinnville, Oregon, was driving west on Highway 20 in a 2007 Toyota Camry. Jessica Neffendorf, age 21, an OSU student currently living in Corvallis, Oregon, was turning east (left) onto Highway 20 from Circle Blvd in a 1992 Buick Riviera. The Toyota Camry ran a red light and crashed head on into the front driver side of the Buick Riviera. After the impact both vehicles came to rest in intersection of Highway 20 and Circle Blvd.
Jessica Neffendorf was extricated from the vehicle and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by the Corvallis Fire Department with critical injuries. (The latest update on Friday morning 11/22/13 is that she is in critical condition). Matthew Cannard was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis by the Corvallis Fire Department with minor injuries. After an investigation by deputies, he was released from the hospital, arrested, and taken to the Benton County Jail where he was lodged for the following crimes: Assault II, Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (Drugs), Criminal Mischief I, Driving While Revoked Misdemeanor, and Reckless Driving.
Both drivers were wearing safety belts and air bags were deployed. The Benton County Multi-Agency Collision Investigation Team was activated and assisted at the scene, to include personnel from Corvallis Police Department and Oregon State Police. Firefighters and EMT's from the Corvallis Fire Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation also assisted at the scene. Highway 20 was closed for about three and a half hours.
Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff's Office are continuing to investigate the crash and the Sheriff's Office is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information to please contact Deputy David Iverson at 541-766-6858.
Benton County Sheriff's Office Investigates Death in Monroe - 11/13/13
On Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 8:53 AM, Deputies with the Benton County Sheriff's Office responded to the Dari Mart in Monroe for an unknown medical issue. S.W.A.T. Towing of Lowell, Oregon was notified by employees of the Dairy Mart one of their tow trucks had been parked in front of the store since approximately 4:00 PM the day prior. When employees from S.W.A.T. Towing (18 West Lakeview Street, Lowell, Oregon, 541.359.9860) responded to check on their vehicle. The driver, Anthony George Brown (07/30/1986) of Lowell, Oregon was found inside the cab deceased. There were no immediate obvious cause of death, but there was no evidence to indicate a suspicious or violent death. According to friends and coworkers, Brown had been experiencing recent health issues. Brown's family was notified by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. The investigation is continuing.