State police said a woman and an 11-year-old boy were killed in a hostage-taking accident in Salem, Oregon. The suspect was also found dead.
Representatives from the Marion County sheriff’s office responded to a call for possible hostage status around 12:30 PM. (3:30 PM ET), according to a press release from the sheriff’s office. Salem is about 45 miles southwest of Portland.
Oregon State Police said the suspect, Jose Jesus Lopez-Tinoco, 34, was holding two adults and two children hostage when law enforcement officers arrived.
Police said in a statement that the representatives managed to contact the suspect and were trying to solve the situation when they heard gunshots.
Police said they found Diary Bustos-Bustos, 24, and the 11-year-old boy, who was not named, dead with gunshot wounds, while they were on their way home.
A 43-year-old woman, Laura Rossio Bustos, was shot with a bullet and was taken to a local hospital. Police said the other child inside the house, a 13-year-old boy, was not injured.
State police said the suspect was found dead “with what appears to be a gunshot wound”.
The authorities have not discussed the possible motive for the accident. It is unclear if the suspect and the victims know each other.
Police said that the attorney who fired a number of shots “has not yet been determined” when authorities made their way into the house, and was placed on administrative leave.