SALEM – Three people are dead and one was seriously injured in a hostage incident in a Salem home, in which a deputy fired gunshots, police said.
Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a “hostage situation” at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, the Oregon State Police said Tuesday in a news release.
Deputies began communications with Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco of Woodburn, Oregon, in an effort to resolve the situation, police said.
At some point deputies heard gunshots, forced their way into the residence and deputy Ricky Kittelson fired a yet to be determined number of gunshots, according to state police. Police did not say if Kittelson hit anyone with gunfire.
Deputies found Diari Bustos-Bustos, 24, and an 11-year-old boy dead from gunshot wounds, according to police.
Lopez-Tinoco was found dead from what police said appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot.
Laura Rocio-Bustos, 43, was taken to a hospital with serious injuries from a gunshot wound, police said.
A 13-year-old boy was rescued from inside the residence and uninjured, state police added. The boys’ names were not released.
The relationship between Lopez-Tinoco and the others in the home, and what led up to the incident wasn’t clear.
Oregon State Police are leading the investigation into the incident and the deputy’s role in it.
Kittelson, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for two years, has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated, police said.
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