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One killed in shooting near Meacham

Umatilla County Major crimes team members on the case.
Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on January 27, 2016 12:04PM

Last changed on January 27, 2016 9:31PM

One person is dead after a shooting early Wednesday near Meacham.

Authorities have not identified the victim, and the killer or killers remain at large.

Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said the event took place on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Tribal police are the lead agency and members of the local major crimes team are assisting.

Chuck Sams, communications director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, reported Umatilla County dispatch informed Umatilla Tribal Police at 3:26 a.m. Wednesday of a report of a shots fired near milepost 233 on the Oregon Old Trail Road in the Meacham area on the reservation.

Tribal police, Pendleton police, Oregon State Police and the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office responded, according to Sams, and found one person shot. Officers also detained several people in the area of the shooting for questioning.

Detectives from Hermiston police and the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office also joined the investigation.

Primus said there was only one victim and no one is in custody for the killing. He also said he could not reveal the victim’s identity at this time.

This is the first homicide of the year in Umatilla County, which had two in 2015 — one in March in Hermiston and the other in August in Milton-Freewater. Both remain unsolved.

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