SALEM, OR (KPTV) – The Salem Police Department has identified an officer shot during a neighborhood traffic stop on 5th Street Northeast near Highland Avenue Northeast Tuesday night.
Officer Michelle Pratt, a seven-year veteran on the force, sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is recovering at home, according to the police department.
The suspect in the shooting, 38-year-old Jaime Jimenez, of Woodburn, is facing several charges, including attempted aggravated murder. According to police, Jimenez after shooting Pratt fled the scene in his vehicle, which was found unoccupied soon after. Police say Pratt was taken area hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds.
Police began searching for Jimenez and eventually turned the scene over to detectives. Tactical teams later responded to an apartment complex on Broadway Street Northeast and arrested Jimenez without incident.
It is possible their paths have may crossed before this shooting.
FOX 12 learned Jaime Jimenez had a warrant issued for his arrest last month on assault and strangulation charges tied to a domestic violence case.
We’ve also learned officer Pratt was once a volunteer on the domestic violence response team.
Moments after being shot during a traffic stop Tuesday night, Salem police officer Michelle Pratt managed to get on the radio to talk with dispatchers.
She was rushed to the hospital and is now recovering at home.
Salem police said she also has advanced training in crisis intervention and domestic violence investigations and is a member of the department’s honor guard.
Last night, Jimenez's father told FOX 12 they haven’t been in regular contact for 20 years and this isn’t how he raised him.
"What he did is not right, I told him be good all the time and he’s not. He don’t listen to me," he said.
Amanda Cayetano was also arrested for hindering prosecution.
One of her family members told FOX 12 she was in a relationship with Jimenez and the two were involved with drugs.
Newly-released court papers show Cayetano and Jimenez hid together at an apartment where he ultimately surrendered and told the man who rents that apartment not to call police.
Unrelated to this shooting, we’ve also learned Jimenez is being charged with assault, accused of beating his landlord last September.
Court papers said Jimenez punched him in the head at least five times in a dispute over money.
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