Happy Valley PD investigates reported shooting at Mount Talbert Nature Park

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2016, 9:59 p.m.


At about 4:51 p.m. on June 14, 2016, Happy Valley Police, with assistance from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, responded to a report of a shooting at the Mount Talbert Nature Park (10945 SE Mather Rd., Clackamas), which is within the incorporated boundaries of the City of Happy Valley.

The caller indicated he had been robbed of his wallet and keys, possibly at gunpoint, while walking in the park.

The suspect was described as a male of unknown race dressed in dark clothing. The suspect had reportedly fled back into the Nature Park.

Deputies arrived in the area quickly and located the reporting party -- 24-year-old Benjamin Graves of Portland -- near an access trail to the Nature Park on SE Sunnyside Rd, near SE 117th Ave. He had an injury to his shoulder, and was quickly transported to the hospital.

Multiple police K9 units along with over 20 deputies and detectives assisted in a search of the Nature Park are for the alleged suspect, locating no one fitting the description, and finding no physical evidence of the incident.

A set of keys was located on the front seat of Mr. Graves' vehicle -- which was located in the Nature Park parking lot about a mile away from the incident location.

At the hospital, Mr. Graves did not provide any additional details about the set of keys found in his vehicle, or the suspect's description.

Mr. Graves was treated for a minor penetrating injury to the front of his shoulder, from an indeterminate source.

While details are scarce, the Happy Valley Police Department is confident there is no ongoing threat to public safety.

Three Clackamas County cities -- Damascus, Happy Valley, and Wilsonville -- contract with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office to provide municipal police services.


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Contact Info:
Sgt. Paul Coleman
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office