Officer injured, wanted suspect dead after shooting during standoff at truck stop near Aurora

Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 10:09 AM PDT
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AURORA, Ore. (KPTV) - A Woodburn Police officer was rushed to the hospital and a suspect is dead after a shooting happened during a standoff at the Flying J Travel Center near Aurora on Monday, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident started just after 6:15 a.m. at the truck stop, located at 12334 Ehlen Road Northeast, when a suspect wanted for possession of a firearm and attempting to elude police, identified as 27-year-old Micaiah Clinton of Portland, was spotted outside the truck stop, according to the sheriff’s office. Clinton then barricaded inside a vehicle and SWAT responded to the scene.

After attempts to persuade Clinton to surrender failed, Oregon State Police say gas munitions were shot into the van. Clinton then came out of the vehicle around 10:50 a.m., and multiple shots were fired. One officer from the Woodburn Police Department was shot and received serious injuries according to OSP, but is in stable condition at a local hospital.

“WPD is happy to report that Officer Ponce is out of surgery and resting comfortably at the hospital. We wish him a healthy recovery,” said Woodburn Police Chief Marty Pilcher. “Additionally, we are greatly appreciative of all the assistance we received this morning from EMS and our fellow law enforcement agencies.”

Clinton received a fatal gunshot wound from a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy who has since been placed on administrative leave per protocol. Medical personnel attempted to provide medical aid at the scene, but the suspect did not survive.

“I have never seen a scene like this before not here. Something way out of the ordinary,” said bystander Chelsea St. Clair. “I’m scared, it makes me scared. You know, it could’ve been anybody and to know he shot an officer… that’s like why? There are other ways around everything and not only hurt one family but hurt two in the process.”

No additional information has been released by the sheriff’s office at this time. The Marion County District Attorney’s Office and Oregon State Police will be leading the investigation.

Ehlen Road will closed between Bents Court Northeast and Butteville Road while authorities are on scene. People were being asked to avoid the area and find alternate routes.