Two dead in apparent murder-suicide at home near West Linn

Clackamas County Sheriff's Office shooting investigation - KATU image

WEST LINN, Ore. – Two people are dead following a shooting at a home near Fields Bridge Park in West Linn Wednesday, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said.

Officials said it appears to be a murder-suicide situation.

Deputies were called out before 2 p.m. on reports of gunfire at a house in the 4400 block of Alderwood Drive. They arrived to find two people dead outside of the residence.

Investigators said they are not looking for a suspect. They recovered several firearms at the property.

At this point, investigators have not confirmed the identities of the people, or what their relationship was prior to the incident.

West Linn Police used reverse 911 calls to alert residents to stay inside their homes and away from windows, however they now feel that there is no threat to people in the area.

Brianna Laster and her young daughter were at the park when the shooting happened.

"All of a sudden, there was four cop cars and trucks that just came swarming in, they had their lights on and all of a sudden over the speakers, they told us to run and to evacuate immediately," she said. "My cousin grabbed her and scooped her up and started running out of here. I left her helmet and scooter."

Deputies didn't give them any details. All they knew, was to drop everything and run.

"You never know nowadays what exactly is going on with all the scary things that are happening and you know you just think 'oh my gosh is this really happening right now?'" said Laster. "It was just a really terrifying unexpected terrifying afternoon for us especially at a park we come to all the time."

They live a few blocks away and walked to the park, so they had to hitch a ride home with a stranger.

“At first there was some confusion about whether there was somebody on the loose that may have killed somebody at this house, but that has since been proven false,” Clackamas County Sheriff's Sergeant Brian Jensen tells KATU News.

Officers are going to another residence in West Linn to "check on the welfare" of some other people.

Police shut down a mile-long stretch of Borland Road (which turns into Willamette Falls Drive) between Epperly Way and Turner Road while initially securing the scene. Those areas have since been reopened.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off