Salem, OR – Multiple people are dead after Marion County deputies were called to a “possible hostage situation” at a Salem residence on Monday afternoon, according to police.
The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) dispatched deputies to a home in the 200-block of Juneva Place Southeast at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 28 after receiving a report of a “possible hostage situation,” the Statesman Journal reported.
The MCSO Hostage Negotiation Team tried to communicate with the suspect who was believed to have taken other people inside the home as hostages, KPTV reported.
“As the incident unfolded, shots were fired,” the department said, according to WBTV.
Multiple people – including the suspect – died during the incident, the MCSO said.
The department has not released information regarding the number of fatalities or how those who died were killed, the Statesman Journal reported.
Marion County Sheriff’s Office just released there were “multiple fatalities” including that of the suspect here in East Salem. We know this was an officer involved shooting and no deputies were hurt. pic.twitter.com/IYQq2Y7Fd6
— Audrey Weil (@audreytweil) September 29, 2020
They also declined to provide details about the events that led up to the shooting, according to the paper.
“I heard three shots, and then within five minutes, I heard a bang,” a neighbor told KPTV. “They loaded three different people [into an ambulance] that I could see – one of them right in front of my house.”
At an officer involved shooting in Salem. Very little info right now. Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office says that deputies were dispatched to a potential hostage situation and shots were fired. No deputies injured, but no other info given about anyone else shot/injured. @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/XILm8lQPrx
— Drew Reeves (@DrewReevesTV) September 28, 2020
Any deputies involved in the officer-involved shooting incident have been placed on administrative leave, as per protocol.
The Oregon State Police and the Salem Police Department are handling the ongoing investigation into the incident, the Statesman Journal reported.
None of the deputies were injured during the incident and there is no reason to believe there is a threat to the community, WBTV reported.