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DA confirms officers, victim in recent Pendleton shooting

Phil Wright

East Oregonian

Published on December 13, 2017 11:49AM

Last changed on December 13, 2017 9:17PM

Tyler Reddington

Tyler Reddington

Jon Lehman

Jon Lehman

Baker County District Attorney Matt Shirtcliff confirmed Wednesday the identities of the officers and suspect in the recent Pendleton police shooting.

Shirtcliff said Sgt. Tyler Reddington shot Matthew Hoisington Nov. 29. Cpl. Jon Lehman also was involved in the incident but did not fire his gun.

Shirtcliff said he was reviewing records and reports and hoped to release details soon.

The shooting happened the night of Nov. 29 on Southwest 20th Street near the intersection with Court Avenue. Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts is out of the office but has said officers chased a theft suspect from the Walmart store, and the suspect had a “dark colored pistol.”

Roberts earlier this week advocated for releasing the names of the officers and the suspect and said the officers passed psychological evaluations in the wake of the shooting. Both officers returned from administrative leave on Wednesday, said city attorney Nancy Kerns.

The East Oregonian independently confirmed Hoisington was the shooting victim and was working on identifying Reddington and Lehman when Shirtcliff called. He is handling the shooting investigation because Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said his office has a conflict. Primus has not stated what that conflict is, but Reddington’s wife, Brandi Reddington, is an investigator for the district attorney.

Lehman is a field training officer and the police dog handler for Pendleton. He worked for Pendleton police in 2011 from February to late December, when he resigned after a confrontation in a bar. The department hired him again in mid-2012.

Tyler Reddington has been with Pendleton police for 11 years. He is a member of the police department’s SWAT team, instructor for the state’s required physical abilities test and the director of officer field training.

This is his second shooting.

Reddington shot and injured Timothy Jay Faria during a drug raid early in the morning of Dec. 6, 2012, at 411 N.W. Eighth St., Pendleton. Primus was the district attorney at the time and said Faria displayed a weapon and threatened the officer.

Hoisington, 38, remains in a Portland hospital, but is feeling well enough to make comments on social media and have visitors.

Umatilla County Circuit Court records show Hoisington has convictions going back to 2005 for driving under the influence of intoxicants, felony hit and run, felon in possession of a firearm, and recklessly endangering others.


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