Umatilla Police continue to investigate the shooting of a man in the early hours of St. Patrick’s Day.
On March 17, dispatch received a call at 3:24 a.m. of a shooting at Tri-Harbor Apartments, 210 Klickitat St., in Umatilla. Police Chief Darla Huxel said the Umatilla officer on duty was tied up with a DUI call when the report came in, but Umatilla County sheriff’s officers were in the area and responded at 3:26 a.m. to the call.
Huxel said Umatilla Police was on the scene around 3:45 a.m.
The victim, who Huxel declined to identify, was transported to Good Shepherd Medical Center, Hermiston. Huxel said the victim has since been transferred to another medical facility, but she did not know where.
Huxel said the investigation had been slowed by the victim’s unwillingness to cooperate, and police have yet to identify the shooter. She said law enforcement has been reviewing video footage and trying to talk with anyone who might have been nearby during the shooting.
Huxel said that the city of Umatilla typically has one police officer on patrol duty, but during peak hours they try to have two, one of which may be a supervising officer. She said the department has seven patrol officers, and is trying to fill an eighth position.
“It’s not a funding issue, but the application pool is pretty limited,” she said.
Huxel said during low-staffing hours, such as the time when the shooting took place, UPD relies on working relationships with other law enforcement agencies like Umatilla and Morrow county sheriff’s offices, and Hermiston police.