Woodburn shooting suspect arrested on I-84

Local law enforcement officials on Monday arrested a man suspected of shooting four people in Woodburn, killing three and injuring another.

Authorities arrested the suspect driver, Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez, 29, in a “high risk” stop on Interstate 84 at milepost 71, just east of Mosier. Oseguera-Gonzales, who was carrying a handgun and knife, cooperated with authorities and was arrested without incident.

He was lodged in Marion County Jail in Salem on three charges of aggravated murder and an attempted murder charge.


Bonifacio Oseguera-Gonzalez

At about 11:05 a.m. Monday, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a reported shooting at a home in the 13000 block of Killiam Loop NE near Woodburn, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

The property includes a house, a berry farm and a legal marijuana growing operation, the Salem Statesman Journal newspaper reported.

Deputies found two dead men upon arrival at about 11:21 a.m., and two other victims — a man and a woman — were injured from gunfire.

The two victims were flown to Oregon Heath and Sciences University and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, where the woman later died, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Chris Baldridge told the Statesman Journal. As of Monday night, the man remained in critical condition.

The sheriff’s office had not released the victims’ names by press time.

At some point, the suspect shooter left the scene in Woodburn, and authorities sent out a license plate number and physical description to authorities around the region.

Shortly after 1 p.m., an Oregon State Police trooper spotted the suspect driver traveling eastbound on I-84 at exit 64 in Hood River, OSP Sgt. Kaipo Raiser said.

The trooper followed the driver, without turning the patrol vehicle’s lights on, until backup from OSP, Hood River Police Department and Hood River County Sheriff’s Office arrived to coordinate a high risk stop.

At roughly 1:30 p.m., authorities pulled over the suspect driver at the gravel shoulder near milepost 71. The suspect driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, got out with his hands up. He had a handgun in his waistband, and a knife was also visible on his person, Raiser said.

The suspect did not make any physical threats. He complied with officers’ commands and was taken into custody without violence.

“It couldn’t have gone any better, especially in light of the serious nature of the criminal (activity) in Woodburn,” Raiser said of the arrest.

I-84 was closed in both directions for about 10-12 minutes, during the arrest, Raiser said. The suspect’s vehicle was towed from the scene.

Oseguera-Gonzalez was taken to The Dalles Police Department for questioning by detectives from Woodburn and Marion County Sheriff’s Office. He was later transported to Marion County Jail on multiple felony charges.

Oseguera-Gonzalez was scheduled to be arraigned in Marion County circuit court at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The case is still under investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and partner agencies.

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