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News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
UPDATED: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, 3 p.m.

UPDATE: Waxenfelter family issues statement in wake of shooting/arrest of murder suspect Dirck White by LAPD


Waxenfelter family Photo: Waxenfelter family

The Waxenfelter family has issued a statement and photo they would like to share with the public. The statement is as follows:

Our family is overwhelmed with relief and joy hearing the news of Grady's killer being caught. We feel our prayers have truly been answered. We are glad we can finally have some closure with this and are grateful justice will be served. Thank you to our friends, family and community for the continued prayers and support. Thank you to the police officers and detectives for your timeless effort working this case. We are happy at this small victory but still very sad at our huge loss of a great husband, father, son, brother & friend.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The Waxenfelter family does NOT want to be contacted by media at this time, and asks for privacy as they deal with this breaking news.

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EARLIER (Dec. 1, 2014): Waxenfelter murder suspect Dirck White in LAPD custody following officer-involved shooting

Dirck White -- the prime suspect in the Feb. 6, 2014 murder of Clackamas County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter -- is in police custody in Los Angeles.

On Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, White was wounded in an officer-involved shooting in the Hollywood Division during an alleged motor-vehicle burglary after a foot-chase and allegedly firing on LAPD officers.

White is currently listed in critical condition at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is under police guard. He now faces possible charges of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer in California in addition to the Oregon charges of Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.

A Clackamas County Sheriff's Office detective is in Los Angeles to work with LAPD investigators.

On February 6, 2014, Clackamas County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter was executed while conducting a traffic stop on a commercial truck near Boring, Oregon. Waxenfelter, who was 47 years old with a wife and three children, was shot in the head and died at the scene. The shooting was witnessed by a civilian who was riding with Waxenfelter.

At the time of the shooting, White -- the prime suspect in Waxenfelter's murder -- had an active warrant for his arrest out of Pierce County, Washington for weapons charges. White is also wanted for questioning in a child rape case. A Clackamas County arrest warrant for Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm has been issued for White and he is extraditable nationwide.

The LAPD is still investigating the Nov. 30 officer-involved shooting, and is offering no further details at this time.

More details are forthcoming.

NOTE TO MEDIA: The Waxenfelter family does NOT want to be contacted by media at this time, and asks for privacy as they deal with this breaking news.

Previous news releases on the search for Dirck White are below. Older photos and surveillance video and an Oct. 28 suspect bulletin are also below.

The Clackamas County Peace Officers' Benevolent Foundation (CCPOBF) has also established the Grady Waxenfelter Fund at Clackamas Federal Credit Union. Details are here.

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EARLIER (Tuesday, October 28, 2014): REWARD INCREASED TO $25k; TIPS STILL SOUGHT

The Clackamas County Commissioners have increased the reward offered for information leading to the arrest of DIRCK MORGAN WHITE, 42, the prime suspect in the murder of Assistant Clackamas County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter, who was shot and killed on Feb. 6 while on duty.

The reward, which was $16,000, has been increased to $25,000.

On February 6, 2014, Clackamas County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter was executed while conducting a traffic stop on a commercial truck near Boring, Oregon. Waxenfelter, who was 47 years old with a wife and three children, was shot in the head and died at the scene. The shooting was witnessed by a civilian who was riding with Waxenfelter.

At the time of the shooting, White had an active warrant for his arrest out of Pierce County, Washington for weapons charges. White is also wanted for questioning in a child rape case. A Clackamas County arrest warrant for Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm has been issued for White and he is extraditable nationwide.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the U.S. Marshals to track down White. Dirck White was last known to be driving a silver 2004 Mercedes 320 four-door sedan with Washington license plate ANB7070.

Dirck Morgan White, 42, is described as a Hispanic man, 5 foot 8 and weighing 190 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. A new suspect bulletin with photos and reward info is attached (in PDF and JPEG formats).

If you see Dirck Morgan White or the silver 2004 Mercedes E320 sedan with Washington license plates ANB7070, call 911 immediately. You can call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or leave a tip online at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp

White should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

Earlier Sheriff's Office releases in this case are below.

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EARLIER (Wednesday, May 28, 2014) -- AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR IOWA 911 TIPSTER; $16k [update 10/28: now $25k] REWARD FOR INFO

On February 6, 2014, Clackamas County Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter was executed while conducting a traffic stop on a commercial truck near Boring, Oregon. Waxenfelter, who was 47 years old with a wife and three children, was shot in the head and died at the scene. The shooting was witnessed by a civilian who was riding with Waxenfelter.

Investigators later identified 41-year-old Dirck Morgan White as the suspect in this murder. At the time of the shooting, White had an active warrant for his arrest out of Pierce County, Washington for weapons charges. White is also wanted for questioning in a child rape case. Investigators believe White may have thought Waxenfelter was a police officer.

White was last known to be driving a silver 2004 Mercedes 320 four-door sedan with Washington license plate ANB7070. A Clackamas County arrest warrant for Murder and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm has been issued for Dirck Morgan White and is extraditable nationwide.

Dirck Morgan White is described as a Hispanic man, 5 foot 8 and weighing 190 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes.

Suspect and vehicle photos and suspect surveillance video are attached, along with a PDF of a new suspect flyer.

AUTHORITIES SEEK IOWA-AREA TIPS

On April 5, 2014, the Iowa State Patrol received a 911 call from a citizen who observed the above-listed silver 2004 Mercedes E320 sedan traveling on Hwy 330 near Des Moines, Iowa. The citizen reported a subject in this vehicle firing a gun out of the vehicle.

Investigators would like to speak with the person who called 911 on April 5, 2014 or anyone else who may have seen Dirck White or the silver 2004 Mercedes E320 sedan.

REWARD OFFERED

A $16,000 reward [increased to $25,000 in October 2014] is being offered for information leading to the arrest of White. If you see Dirck Morgan White or the silver 2004 Mercedes E320 sedan with Washington license plates ANB7070, call 911 immediately. You can call the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 503-723-4949 or leave a tip online at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp

White should be considered ARMED AND DANGEROUS.

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EARLIER: Wednesday 4/9/14

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office continues to work with the U.S. Marshals to track down homicide suspect Dirck White. White is the prime suspect in the murder of Weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter on February 6th of this year.

The reward money is now $16,000 for information leading to the arrest of Dirck White. Anyone with information is urged to call the Clackamas County Sheriff's tip line - 503 723 4949, or tips can be submitted on line at http://web3.clackamas.us/contact/tip.jsp

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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is now working with the U.S. Marshals in the manhunt for White, who is believed to have murdered Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter.

NEW SUSPECT FOOTAGE

Attached photo/video is from footage taken of suspect Dirck White at a local store just days before the Feb. 6 murder.

If you see Dirck White or the suspect vehicle -- a four-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing Washington license plate ANB7070 -- call 911 immediately. Do not approach, as White is still considered armed and dangerous.

NEW SUSPECT INFO; WEAPONS CHARGE IN WA; WANTED FOR CHILD SEX-CRIME QUESTIONING

At the time of the Feb. 6 murder, White was a delivery driver for O'Malley Brothers Trucking in Estacada.

The owner and staff of O'Malley Brothers trucking have been very cooperative with investigators.

Murder victim and Clackamas County weighmaster Grady Waxenfelter had reportedly stopped Dirck White while White was driving a truck hauling wood for not having a license plate on the trailer.

Clackamas County detectives have been in contact with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office in Washington. Pierce County has an active warrant for White's arrest on a weapons charge. White is also a suspect and wanted for questioning for a sex crime regarding the rape of a child in Pierce County.

CCPOBF ESTABLISHES GRADY WAXENFELTER FUND FOR VICTIM'S FAMILY

A donation fund has been set up by the Clackamas County Peace Officers Benevolent Foundation (CCOBF). CCPOBF has no overhead fees -- 100% of donations go directly to the Waxenfelter family to help cover expenses.

Donations can be made at any Clackamas County Federal Credit Union Branch or can be mailed to CCPOBF, P.O. Box 678, Clackamas, OR 97015 -- with donations made out to "CCPOBF" with "Grady Waxenfelter Fund" in the in the memo line.

More info on the CCPOBF can be found at http://ccpobf.org/

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EARLIER (FRIDAY 2/7/2014, 9:45 A.M.): SUSPECT BULLETIN RELEASED

Attached to this release in JPEG and PDF formats is a new suspect bulletin for homicide suspect DIRCK MORGAN WHITE -- 41 years old, from Edgewood, WA. It includes photos of the suspect and suspect vehicle, a 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing Washington license plate ANB7070.

Call 911 if you see Dirck White. He is considered armed and dangerous.

EARLIER (2/7/14, 9 a.m.)

The victim in this case has been identified as Grady Waxenfelter, a weighmaster in the Transportation Maintenance Division of Clackamas County.

Grady came to Clackamas County in 1987 as a mechanic, was promoted to senior mechanic in 1999 and served as a County weighmaster since 2005. The Sheriff's Office offers its deepest condolences to his family, friends, and co-workers.

Attached to this release are photos of the actual suspect vehicle in this case. This is a 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate of ANB7070.

Please call 911 if you see this vehicle or have information regarding the whereabouts of DIRCK MORGAN WHITE. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators are working around the clock to track down the suspect in this case.

EARLIER:

On Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10:48 a.m., Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a reported shooting on Hwy. 224 near Amsigger Road outside of Barton. The shooting is considered a homicide, and suspect Dirck Morgan White -- 41, of Edgefield, WA -- is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. Tips are sought. If you see Dirck White, call 911 immediately.

At 10:48 a.m., an unknown caller contacted 911 to report a person had been fatally shot. Deputies arrived and discovered the deceased was a Clackamas County weighmaster.

At this writing, SWAT and other first responders are searching for suspect Dirck Morgan White and his vehicle -- a silver 4-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate ANB7070. Full description below.

Deputies closed Highway 224 between Bakers Ferry Rd. (on the west side) and Hwy. 224 and 211 (on the east side), and also closed Amsigger Road while CRAFT (Crime Reconstruction and Forensic Team) and CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) responded to the crime scene. Highway 224 and Amsigger Rd are now re-opened.

Complete family notifications are still underway, and we will release the victim information at a later date.

SUSPECT INFO, PHOTOS; TIPS SOUGHT

Based on evidence gathered at the scene, a suspect has been identified. Police are searching for DIRCK MORGAN WHITE -- 41 years old, from Edgewood, WA. Suspect photos are attached. He is considered armed and dangerous. White is wanted on a weapons offense out of Pierce County, Washington.

Dirck White was last seen driving a silver 4-door 2004 Mercedes 320 bearing the Washington license plate ANB7070.

If you see homicide suspect Dirck White, do NOT engage him -- call 911 or contact your local law enforcement.

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