Hermiston Police News: Updated statement concerning Monday's incident

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Preface:  Significant incidents such as what transpired this past Monday (January 9th, 2012) are very alarming and concerning not only to those directly involved, but to each member of this agency, each member of the law enforcement community as a whole, and to each citizen of this community in which we serve.

With that, in this age of unregulated flows of information via social networks, we as the investigating agency along with the top law enforcement person for our county (District Attorney Dan Primus) need to be cognizant and accurate in/with what we disseminate.  This is not only for the protection of those currently working the investigation, but also to dispel any inaccurate information floating around.

The Hermiston Police Department has been very fortunate to receive assistance from nearly all northeastern Oregon law enforcement agencies during the course of our investigation of the shooting.  The leadership displayed by District Attorney Daniel R. Primus and his staff was phenomenal.  The unfortunate part of this investigation revealed we were primarily dealing with persons from other cities coming to our town and engaging in this activity.  Three arrests have been made and for the integrity of the continuing investigation, any additional inquiries or comments should be directed to the District Attorney's Office.

With regard to the statements made by another agency head (though they only had limited direct information at the time of those statements) about this shooting having been gang related, I can state the following hopefully without tainting the prosecutorial efforts of the district attorney’s office:  Labels and stereotypes can be extremely challenging especially in a court of law, however, the factors and details of this investigation of which I am aware of, would lead me to believe the shooting on Monday was more than likely an unorganized gang related event. - Acting Chief of Police Jason Edmiston

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