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Deputies: Oak Grove man shot woman in his home before crashing car in WA

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Investigators with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spend hours going through the Oak Grove residence of Gregory Siegberg, who they say shot and killed a woman and shot multiple times at his ex-wife Sunday night. (KPTV) Investigators with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office spend hours going through the Oak Grove residence of Gregory Siegberg, who they say shot and killed a woman and shot multiple times at his ex-wife Sunday night. (KPTV)
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An Oak Grove man is behind bars after deputies claim he shot and killed a woman and fire shots at his ex-wife before fleeing his home and wrecking his car on the interstate in Washington.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said 62-year-old Gregory Siegberg crashed his car on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield and then told the responding Washington State Police troopers that he had just killed someone.

Nearly 16 hours later, investigators were still at work at his home where a woman’s body was found.

Siegberg is in the Clark County Jail on a DUI charge, as well as charges related to the death of that woman. He’s also accused of being a fugitive from justice.

The sheriff's office identified the victim Monday afternoon as 53-year-old Melissa Elaine Vargas of Gaston.

Deputies responded to the home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday after getting reports of a shooting. They found the deceased victim, who had suffered a gunshot to the back of the neck, as well as the ex-wife of Siegberg, 61-year-old Debra S. Kusch-Siegberg.

She told deputies her ex-husband, who lived with her at the residence, came downstairs and shot Vargas once, then fired at her multiple times as she ran from the home to a neighbor's to call 911. She then said Siegberg left the residence in his 2015 Subaru.

A nearby neighbor in Oak Grove told FOX 12 she didn’t hear any gunshots but added that she did hear the dogs at this home barking like crazy Sunday.

Many neighbors said that several dogs live on the property, and it appeared as if some sort of dog-related business may be run out of the home, where a sign outside the house read “dog grooming.”

Neighbor Melissa Karnes said the whole neighborhood is shocked by the violence.

“It’s really sad. It’s very sad. I wish we would have known them,” she said. “It’s very close to home. I mean this hits real close to home and especially around the holidays.”

The house where this happened is right across from a senior living home, and there is also an elementary school about a block away.

Siegberg made his first court appearance Monday morning in Clark County. Deputies say they hope he’ll be brought back to Clackamas County soon.

Deputies added that Vargas was in no way related to either Siegberg or Kusch-Siegberg and that her family was notified of her death.

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