Murder-suicide in Police parking lot


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DoubleTapDrew
April 30, 2008, 07:42 PM
I hadn't seen this story posted but it was all over the local news. It seems even driving to the police station won't save you.


Original story with video: http://www.katu.com/news/18387359.html
WEST LINN, Ore. - There are a lot of questions surrounding the violence outside the West Linn Police Department on Tuesday that left two people dead and now comes word that witnesses saw the suspect ramming his truck into his estranged wife's SUV a half-hour before the shooting but no one called 911.

The incident began around 4 p.m. when, according to police, a woman in an SUV was trying to get to the police department for safety when her estranged husband drove into the parking lot and rammed her with his truck.

Police Chief Terry Timeus watched the situation unfold from the window of an upstairs office. He said he heard yelling and when he looked out the window, he saw a man pull a rifle.

By the time police got outside, shots had already been fired at the woman, who was still in her SUV, and the man then turned a weapon on himself while still in his vehicle.

The woman, 51-year-old Gayle McMurtrey of West Linn, died at the scene and the man, 56-year-old Newton Bill McMurtrey of Damascus, was rushed to the hospital, but later died of his injuries.

No officers were involved and the shooting appeared to be the result of some kind of domestic dispute, police said. It was not immediately clear what set off the series of events.

"We are saddened by this tragic incident," said Timeus. "Though we know our officers could not have changed the outcome of this shooting, we understand she was trying to make it here for her safety and our hearts go out to the victim's family."

Officers later learned that 30 minutes before the shooting at the police station, witnesses saw the suspect ramming his truck into the victim's SUV but apparently no one called 911.

"It is imperative that people call 911 immediately if they witness suspicious or violent behavior," said Sgt. Neil Hennelly.



Aside from having a weapon to defend herself with, about the only thing I could think of that might have helped is calling 911 on the way there explaing the situation, although maybe she thought she could make it inside in time. A horrible situation regardless. Maybe the saying should be "when seconds count, the police are only a few paces away".

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Grandpa Shooter
April 30, 2008, 08:08 PM
At least they reported it as "a rifle", and not "EVIL BLACK RIFLE, or ASSAULT RIFLE." The focus was on the tragedy, not the implement of destruction.

Car Knocker
April 30, 2008, 08:43 PM
Officers later learned that 30 minutes before the shooting at the police station, witnesses saw the suspect ramming his truck into the victim's SUV but apparently no one called 911.
Another Kitty Genovese.

MAURICE
April 30, 2008, 08:46 PM
How sad.
And I can tell you that response time for an officer to his own department can very well be the same as any other location in his city. When I worked for the department of corrections I worked inside a police department (we had an office and work release in the building) and there were many, many nights where the place would be deserted save for myself, the dispatchers, and a jailer. This is not uncommon on Fridays and Saturdays during the summer (when they are the busiest around here).

That particular department did start assigning an officer to stay in the building during his shift for that reason and also to take reports from citizens. A step in the right direction, IMHO.

TallPine
April 30, 2008, 09:15 PM
there were many, many nights where the place would be deserted save for myself, the dispatchers, and a jailer.

Our county sheriffs office does not even have a jailer anymore. If the deputy is on a call up on Waybackinthemiddleofnowhere Road, then the prisoners have to wait for him/her to get back and bring lunch over from the hospital.

brekneb
April 30, 2008, 10:48 PM
I guess it's true... The cops really can't protect you... Even when you're at their front doorstep.

Standing Wolf
April 30, 2008, 10:54 PM
When seconds count, the police will be there as soon as they can get there. That might be soon enough.

Seancass
May 1, 2008, 12:00 AM
thats kind of sickening when you think about it. for all you know she had a gun in her purse, but it didnt matter. she was in a police parking lot and it didnt matter.

sad story. but probly much longer than whats covered in the article.

sig228
May 1, 2008, 12:04 AM
The same thing happened here only a few days ago:

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sfl-0425plantationshooting,0,2447962.story

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