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Friday, April 24, 2015

100 Held Hostage by Terrorist in Oregon Wal Mart

As of 1:30 p.m., about 100 customers and employees remained locked inside the Walmart, where the mood was calm, said spokeswoman Betsy Harden.
Harden spoke with the Statesman Journal via telephone from Arkansas.
Harden emphasized that the lockdown was ordered by police as a precaution, and that no one inside the store was involved with the standoff.
Harden said customers were being offered food and drinks or "whatever they needed."
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UPDATE at 1:10 p.m.
A standoff is continuing in the south parking lot of the Walmart Super Center on Turner Road SE in Salem.
The incident began after 11 a.m. when Salem police officers attempted to make contact with a person wanted on arrest warrants, said Lt. Dave Okada, a spokesman for the Salem Police Department.
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Salem Police dog Baco
The suspect shot at the officers and wounded a police dog, Okada said. The officers returned fire, and the suspect retreated inside a vehicle in the parking lot. Police described the vehicle as an RV or a bus.
Okada said officers believe the suspect to be inside the vehicle at this time. Officers are trying to communicate and negotiate with the suspect.
Okada said the police dog was taken to an animal hospital with injuries that were not thought to be life threatening.
At this time a SWAT team is in place, and officers from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Keizer Police, and Oregon State Police are assisting.
Police have locked down the Walmart store, and alerted other businesses in the area about their activities.
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Baco, handled by Salem Police officer Trevor Morrison
UPDATE at 12:24 p.m.
According to Lt. Steve Birr with the Salem Police department, the incident started with a report of a suspicious vehicle at the park. When officers arrived on scene they discovered the suspect had a warrant out for his arrest. Officers confronted the suspect and he became non-compliant and barricaded himself in a trailer. He fired a shot from the trailer at an officer and hit a Salem Police dog.
There has been no recent activity to report, Birr said. The suspect remains barricaded in the trailer. The dog who was shot was taken to a vet with non-life threatening injuries.

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