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Fatal Traffic Crash Friday Night (Photo) - 06/18/22

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 21-year-old Roseburg woman has died as the result of a single vehicle traffic crash on Garden Valley Road Friday evening.

On Friday, June 17, 2022, shortly after 7:30 pm, 9-1-1 dispatchers began receiving reports of a serious traffic accident in the 7000-block of Garden Valley Road.

Deputies arrived on scene to discover a 2000 Toyota 4-Runner, which had been traveling westbound on Garden Valley Road, that had left the roadway for an unknown reason, striking a utility pole and unoccupied vehicles. The driver and sole occupant of the 4-Runner, identified as 21-year-old Roseburg resident Kylee Alexander, was declared deceased at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation at this time, however speed is believed to have been a contributing factor. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Douglas County Medical Examiner's Office, Douglas County Fire District #2, Joe's Towing and ADAPT's Mobile Crisis Team. 

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District Attorney and Sheriff Hold Press Conference on Officer Involved Shooting Ruled Justified - 06/08/22

(Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County District Attorney, Rick Wesenberg along with Douglas County Sheriff, John Hanlin held a press conference today, Wednesday, June 8, 2022, to discuss the officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 638 Weaver Road, near Myrtle Creek, Oregon.  They were was joined by Myrtle Creek Police Chief Jonathan Brewster, Oregon State Police Detective Tina Nibblett and Senior Deputy District Attorney Allison Eichmann.  The press conference was held in the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, in Roseburg, Oregon.


 
Douglas County District Attorney, Wesenberg provided a detailed account of the two separate events leading up to the officer involved shooting of the suspect, 60-year-old Spencer Cassanova Heckathorne.  Wesenberg’s presentation cited that; immediately after the event, the Douglas County Major Crimes Team (MCT) was activated.  The MCT, under the direction and supervision of Oregon State Police Sergeant First Class Eric Fisher, conducted an immediate, thorough and exhaustive investigation into the events that ultimately led to the shooting.  Subsequently, on Tuesday June 7, 2022 the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office convened a grand jury to conduct its own investigation.  The grand jury was also thorough and exhaustive.  The grand jury heard sworn testimony from 6 eyewitnesses.  After careful and thoughtful deliberation, the grand jury concluded that the use of deadly physical force by the officer involved was justified.  

 

“Not only was it extremely justified, based on the deliberate and intentional actions of Spencer Cassanova Heckathorne, it was unavoidable,” stated DA Wesenberg.  Thanks to the efforts of Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy, Taylor Vian (who is also a member of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiating Team), Myrtle Creek Police Chief Jonathan Brewster and his team of officers, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Brent Everett and Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Melvin, ultimately prevented Heckathorne from taking the life of another.  “These officers, these brave men, reacted with great skill, professionalism and restraint.  All the officers involved these two separate encounters acted with great skill, professionalism and restraint.  They did everything in their power to bring this situation to a peaceful resolution.  It was not to be.”

 

After his presentation, DA Wesenberg introduced Douglas County Sheriff, John Hanlin.  Sheriff Hanlin commended the responding officers for their response and attempt to de-escalate the situation without the use of force. “To the involved law enforcement officers; I commend you for acting with great professionalism and restraint while attempting to de-escalate,” Hanlin said. “You acted according to the laws of this state, and in accordance with policies, procedures and your training.” Sheriff Hanlin addressed Heckathorne’s family and friends as well saying “I assure you that his death is not the outcome the law enforcement officers wanted in this situation. My agency wishes to express their deepest sympathies for your loss.”

 

DA Wesenberg ended with commendations for the collaborative efforts of everyone involved in the incident including: Myrtle Creek Police Chief Brewster and his Officers, whom, even though this incident was outside the city of Myrtle Creek, were right there to support their brother officers; Sheriff John Hanlin and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are to be particularly commended for the skill, professionalism and sophistication of the crisis negotiation and tactical training his deputies received; Oregon State Police Sergeant 1st Class Erik Fisher and the entire Douglas County Major Crimes Team for their precise, thorough, and complete investigation of this matter; the men and women of the Douglas County Grand Jury, who were summoned away from their families and work for this specific service; Chief Deputy District Attorney Allison Eichmann and his office manager Lisa Thompson for their expertise in preparing and presenting this case; the Douglas County Commissioners for prioritizing public safety, and because of that, Sheriff Hanlin has all the resources he needs to field these incredible deputies to protect the people of Douglas County!

 

Citizens can view a recording of the live-streamed press conference on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCoSO.  
 

Media Advisory - Press Conference - 06/07/22

***CORRECTION***

Media Advisory - Press Conference

Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 10:30 am

 

            (Douglas County, Ore.) The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office will hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at 10:30 am to discuss the officer involved shooting near Myrtle Creek on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.  The press conference will be held at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, located in Room 210 of the Justice Building of the Douglas County Courthouse, at 1036 SE Douglas Avenue in Roseburg, Oregon.

            Members of the media interested in attending the press conference are to contact, Lt. Brad O’Dell, at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at bcodell@co.douglas.or.us for specific instructions and attendance requirements. 

 

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