PENDLETON, Ore. — Further details regarding the shooting death of a 39-year-old registered member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) during a response to a domestic incident earlier this week.
According to an announcement made by the CTUIR via Facebook, the man who was killed has been identified as Jeremiah James Johnson. Officers responded to Bingham Rd in Adams, OR at 10:36 a.m. on Sept. 18 for reports of a domestic disturbance.
A Umatilla Tribal Police Officer and Pendleton Police Officer responded together through a mutual aid agreement. Law enforcement officials say that Johnson was armed when they made contact with him.
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The report states that there was a confrontation that led the officers to shoot Johnson. He suffered fatal wounds and was pronounced dead shortly after. This statement was made on the behalf of Tribal leaders:
“The CTUIR Board of Trustees (BOT) understands that this is a very unfortunate and tragic event, and they share their deepest condolences to the entire tribal community. Because the investigation is ongoing, details are limited. CTUIR is working diligently with law enforcement agencies to provide information as soon as it becomes available.”
This investigation is now being handled by federal agents representing the FBI with assistance from the Oregon Crime Lab. While the process is underway and evidence is being recorded, both of the involved officers were placed on administrative leave.
Mental health support and grief services are available to Umatilla tribal members impacted by this event through the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, which can be contacted at 541-966-9830.
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