A Woodburn man is in custody after shooting and killing the manager at his former place of employment in Wilsonville, then leading police on a brief pursuit down Interstate 5 Friday morning.
At approximately 8:20 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, 911 dispatch received information that a suspect had walked into Heritage Specialty Foods, 28220 SW Boberg Road in Wilsonville, and fired multiple rounds with a handgun, killing an employee later identified as the store’s manager, Carl Hellinger, 36, of Portland.
Wilsonville Police and CCSO are responding to a shooting in Wilsonville. At this time there is only one victim being treated at the scene. The suspect fled and the scene is safe. More information to follow.
The suspect — identified as 25-year-old Camilio Santiago-Santiago — then fled the scene in a red sedan, traveling southbound toward Woodburn. Santiago-Santiago had recently been fired from Heritage Specialty Foods, police said.
A Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy on patrol spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a pursuit. The MCSO deputy was soon joined in the pursuit by personnel from multiple law-enforcement agencies, including the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
MORE INFORMATION ON SHOOTING: One person is deceased after the suspect opened fire at a business in Wilsonville and fled the scene. There were no additional victims.
The pursuit continued to Woodburn, coming to a stop on a dead-end at Woodland Avenue and Senecal Creek Drive. A standoff began as Santiago-Santiago barricaded himself in the red sedan.
Clackamas County SWAT was training in Wilsonville that morning and quickly deployed to the scene, as did Marion County’s SWAT team. Salem PD also deployed an armored vehicle to the standoff. In short order, armored vehicles from multiple agencies had surrounded and pinned in Santiago-Santiago’s vehicle.
The standoff continued from approximately 8:50 to 9:30 a.m. At times during the standoff, Santiago-Santiago yelled at law enforcement to shoot him. Finally, Santiago-Santiago exited the vehicle with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody by tactical team members.
SWAT personnel at the standoff location after the suspect arrest. Our SWAT Team had coincidentally been training in Wilsonville that morning, and quickly deployed to the post-pursuit standoff in Woodburn to assist. pic.twitter.com/WE5dkKRV5P
When Santiago-Santiago was taken into custody, he had a pistol in his waistband. Authorities located two other firearms in the car.
Santiago-Santiago will be booked into Clackamas County Jail on charges of second-degree murder and felon in possession of a weapon. The investigation at the crime scene is expected to continue for some time.
Heritage Specialty Foods offered the following statement earlier today:
At approximately 8:30 AM this morning, there was a shooting at our Wilsonville facility. Law enforcement has responded and are on site. We now understand that one team member was fatally wounded and are working to understand more about what occurred. We are in active communication with law enforcement and will provide more information to our employees, partners and customers as it becomes available.
The news of this senseless violence comes as a shock to all of us. We ask for the community’s prayers and support for survivors and all of our team members during this time.
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