Woodburn Man Arrested for Firing Shots Outside Residence near Salem

A Woodburn man is in custody after firing multiple a handgun multiple times outside a residence in unincorporated Marion County, as well as threatening and robbing the people inside.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday morning, Marion County deputies were dispatched to the report of shots fired in the 4500 block of Agate Drive SE outside Salem. Deputies contacted multiple people near the residence and learned a male had come to the home a short time earlier and fired multiple shots in front of the residence prior to going inside.

Deputies also learned the suspect was searching for someone at the residence and had pointed a handgun at another male inside the house, taking their wallet. There were no reported injuries.

The suspect, Jeffrey Jeno Garza, 39, was reported to still be hiding inside of the home along with multiple other people. Over the course of the next few hours, multiple additional people came out of the residence to safety.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office SWAT was activated and responded to the scene along with investigators from the Criminal Investigations Unit.

Negotiators from the Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team spent the next several hours attempting to get Garza to surrender peacefully. After attempts to get Garza to surrender voluntarily were unsuccessful, he was ultimately located hiding in a crawl space beneath the home by a police K-9.

Garza was taken to an area hospital for treatment for his injuries. He is in custody at the Marion County Jail, facing charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree theft and unlawful use of a weapon.

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