Ore. officer shot and wounded, suspect dead after hours-long standoff

The four-hour standoff began at a truck stop and involved a felon, police said

By Jayati Ramakrishnan

PORTLAND, Ore. — A 27-year-old Portland man was shot and killed and a Woodburn police officer was injured after multiple shots were fired during a four-hour standoff at a truck stop in Marion County on Monday morning.

Officials identified Micaiah Clinton as the victim of the shooting Monday afternoon. Woodburn police officer Jesse Ponce was struck and injured during the shooting and underwent surgery at a hospital, but is in stable condition, police said.

The Oregon State Police provided little information on the circumstances that prompted the shooting in a Monday evening update. They did not say who shot and killed Clinton, whether Clinton had a firearm or how Ponce was injured.

At least one officer, Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Morrow, fired his weapon during the shooting, according to the Oregon State Police. He has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol after law enforcement shootings.

A deputy U.S. Marshal requested deputies respond to the truck stop at 6:15 a.m. after Clinton was seen in the parking lot, the state police said. Court records show that Clinton was facing charges of fleeing a police officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm, stemming from two separate arrests in 2021, and there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Clinton barricaded himself in a van, officials said, prompting deputies to call in the Marion County Interagency SWAT team for assistance.

The SWAT team tried to persuade Clinton to get out of the van for more than three hours before deploying gas munitions, the state police said. At around 10:50 a.m., Clinton left the van and “multiple shots were fired,” according to the state police. They did not say who fired those shots.

The shooting is being investigated by the Oregon State Police in conjunction with the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.

This is the third shooting by an officer in Marion County this year. Salem police have shot and killed two people this year — one on Feb. 7 and one on April 11.

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