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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 4:38 a.m.

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UPDATED: SWAT responds to suicidal man with gun

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-1402.

Photo: Paul Jeffery Smith

UPDATE: January 15, 2013, 6:22 p.m. -- Suicidal suspect identified; investigation continues

The suicidal man arrested early Monday morning, January 13, 2013 at a residence near Meridian Road and Whiskey Hill Road in rural southwestern Clackamas County has been identified as Paul Jeffery Smith, age 46.

Mr. Smith was treated that morning and released from Silverton Hospital before being booked at the Clackamas County Jail.

Mr. Smith has been provided services by Clackamas County Behavioral Health at the jail.

On Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Mr. Smith was released from the Clackamas County Jail as an investigation continues. Clackamas County Community Health will follow-up with Mr. Smith. Meanwhile, detectives continue to conduct interviews and investigate Mr. Smith's actions as they consider possible criminal charges.

EARLIER: Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, 4:38 a.m.

At approximately 9:13 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to a residence near Meridian Road and Whiskey Hill Road in rural southwestern Clackamas County. The Sheriff's Office had received a dispatched call regarding a man making suicidal threats with a gun.

Through multiple sources, the deputies learned the threats were credible. The suspect was reported to have multiple weapons and had armed himself. There were other individuals who lived on the property -- both in the same residence and in a detached residence.

The Sheriff's Office initially responded with patrol deputies and a police canine -- but then determined the need for the response of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) and the Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT). Both teams responded to the location to contain and attempt to resolve the situation in a safe manner.

Before 2 a.m. on January 14, 2013, due to his actions, the subject was shot by a member of the SWAT team. Shortly after being shot, the subject was taken into custody. The subject was transported to an area hospital where he will be treated for what appears at this writing to be a non-life threatening injury.

The residents at the location had been evacuated, and no innocent bystanders or deputies were injured during this incident.

This incident is currently being investigated by detectives from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and other local agencies. Further information will be available once the investigation is complete.


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is seeking tips and information regarding this crime.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line -- by telephone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online e-mail form. Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-1402.

The public can also submit crime-tip text messages to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office from a cell phone. All users have to do is send a text message to CRIMES (274637 on your phone keypad) -- with the keyword CCSO as the first word in the message body.

Important reminder: Please do not send emergency messages using the text-messaging system -- in case of an emergency, call 911.

Please reference Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Case #13-1402.


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Deputy Marcus Mendoza
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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