Sheriff: 3 dead after Ore. hostage situation, shooting

An 11-year-old boy was among the deceased

By Jim Ryan
The Oregonian, Portland, Ore.

SALEM, Ore. — Three people, including a young boy, were killed in a reported hostage situation and shooting Monday in Salem, authorities say.

Marion County sheriff’s deputies were called to the apparent hostage situation in the 200 block of Juneva Place Southeast early Monday afternoon. They made contact with the suspect, Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco, in an attempt to peacefully resolve the situation, according to the Oregon State Police.

But the deputies heard gunshots inside the home and forced their way inside. One of the deputies, Ricky Kittelson, fired an undetermined number of shots, the state police said.

Lopez-Tinoco, a 34-year-old Woodburn resident, was found dead. He appeared to have a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the state police.

Deputies also found 24-year-old Diari Bustos-Bustos and an 11-year-old boy dead. Both suffered gunshot wounds.

Laura Rocio-Bustos, 43, was also suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a hospital with serious injuries.

A 13-year-old boy rescued from the home didn’t suffer any physical injuries.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Kittelson’s shots hit anyone. The deputy, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for two years, has been put on administrative leave. That’s standard practice after law enforcement shootings.

The relationship, if any, between Lopez-Tinoco and the other people in the home wasn’t immediately clear. Neither of the boys have been publicly identified.

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