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‘Multiple’ people dead following ‘possible hostage situation’ at Oregon residence

NYPD investigate the scene where a knife-weilding man was shot and killed by police at the corner of 8th Avenue and West 49th Street in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 17, 2016. (Anthony DelMundo / New York Daily News/TNS)

An officer-involved shooting sparked by a “possible hostage” situation at an Oregon residence has left “multiple” people dead, police said.

It’s unclear how many people exactly were killed during the incident, which unfolded around 12:30 p.m. Monday at a home in Salem, KATU reported. According to the Marion County Sheriff’s office, a trained member of the sheriff’s office Hostage Negotiation Team responded to the scene, where they attempted to communicate with the suspect.

Hours later around 6 p.m., police revealed “shots were fired” as the situation “unfolded,” which left several people dead, “including that of the suspect.”

No deputies were hurt amid the ongoing incident.

Sgt. Jeremy Landers, a spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office, told the Statesman Journal authorities would not release any information about the individuals killed until family members have been alerted.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Oregon State Police, which is protocol for shootings that involve law enforcement. The deputies involved will also reportedly be be put on administrative leave pending the probe’s outcome.

Authorities do not believe there is any threat to the community as of Tuesday morning.


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