An off-duty police officer from Utah was involved in an altercation in Salem that led to shots being fired with his department-issued gun.
Deputies were called to a home on the 1700 block of 84th Place at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. The caller told deputies he was the caretaker for a home belonging to his grandparents.
Andrew Goss, 30, is a police officer in West Valley, UT, and was off-duty at the time he made the call.
Goss said he met Shannon Farrell, 27, at the Macleay Country Inn in Salem Monday night. At midnight, both men returned to the house and got into an argument, according to investigators.
Goss claimed during the altercation that Farrell hit him in the face and took his department-issued .40-caliber Glock handgun.
Goss told deputies Farrell left with his gun and got into a white Jeep Cherokee. At that time, Goss reported hearing four to five gunshots coming from the SUV. Neighbors also reported hearing the shots.
One witness said the Cherokee left, made a U-turn and then drove back toward the house. The neighbor told investigators he heard two more shots fired from the Cherokee in the street before it left again.
No one was hit by the gunfire. Deputies are still working to determine if any property was damaged by the shots.
Farrell was later arrested at his home in Salem.
He is charged with assault, theft and unlawful use of a weapon.
The West Valley police commander in Utah said Goss has been an officer for about four years. He was not assigned to conduct any police work in Oregon. The police commander told Marion County deputies he plans to review their investigation once it's complete.
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