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Deputies investigating attack near Gladstone; suspect in custody

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Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputies said a man was attacked with a machete near Gladstone Wednesday afternoon and a suspect is in custody. 

Deputies said it is possible the victim may have also been shot, but hospital doctors have yet to determine that. 

Deputies responded to Southeast Jennings Avenue and Rose Street at around 3 p.m. on initial reports of a possible shooting.

Investigators said two men got into a fight before the attack. They believe a car crash was also involved in the case. 

The victim’s injuries were described by deputies as “severe” and investigators said the suspect was also hurt. 

Deputies said the two men know each other, but did not provide more details about their relationship or how the fight started. 

The crash happened feet away from Jennifer McKenney’s yard.

“I heard a loud boom and I came running out front and saw a car halfway in my yard,” McKenney said. “It hit my tree and fence and knocked everything down and everybody was on their phones trying to call 911.”

McKenney said she did not see the suspect or the victim.

Investigators said both men ran from the scene.

“My neighbor in the duplex saw a man walking away holding the back his head, saying that he’d been shot and that the guy had a machete,” McKenney said. 

Deputies told FOX 12 the suspect was located a couple of blocks away.

He was found with a gun on him, according to a public information officer. 

Deputies also recovered a machete and said there was a lot of blood evidence at the crime scene. 

Although McKenney will miss her tree, she said she’s glad it was there.

“It would have gone straight through my house – for sure, and it just missed my car by about 10 feet in my driveway,” McKenney said.

Deputies said they are still interviewing the suspect and have not yet charged him in the case.

Rose Street was closed for hours and was reopened late Wednesday. 

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