By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

DA Brad Berry: All three officers fired weapons

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterA memorial for Parker Moore was started Sunday just outside of Maxwell Field. Parker, a member of the Wildcats football team, was killed Saturday night at a nearby 7-11.
Marcus Larson/News-Register
A memorial for Parker Moore was started Sunday just outside of Maxwell Field. Parker, a member of the Wildcats football team, was killed Saturday night at a nearby 7-11.
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 Oregon State Police forensics investigators gather evidence outside the 7-Eleven in McMinnville where a Linfield student was fatally stabbed and the suspect in his death was shot dead by McMinnville police late Saturday night.
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Oregon State Police forensics investigators gather evidence outside the 7-Eleven in McMinnville where a Linfield student was fatally stabbed and the suspect in his death was shot dead by McMinnville police late Saturday night.
Parker Moore
Parker Moore
Photo courtesy of Parker Moore s Twitter account
Parker Moore, right, with Linfield College football teammate Kyle Chandler.
Photo courtesy of Parker Moore's Twitter account
Parker Moore, right, with Linfield College football teammate Kyle Chandler.
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A memorial for slain Linfield College student and football player Parker Moore is growing outside Maxwell Field.
Robert Husseman/News-Register
A memorial for slain Linfield College student and football player Parker Moore is growing outside Maxwell Field.
Photo of suspected assailant Joventino Bermudez-Arenas.
Photo of suspected assailant Joventino Bermudez-Arenas.

UPDATED / Wednesday, 1 p.m.

District Attorney Brad Berry has confirmed that all three officers involved in the shooting of alleged assailant Juventino Bermudez-Arenas fired their weapons.

The three officers, Sgt. Rhonda Sandoval, officer Brian McMullen and officer Justin James, have all been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is department policy. 

In assessing the officers' justification for firing their weapons, Berry said he would be reviewing witness accounts, store video, squad car video, officer statements, family accounts, 911 tapes, radio communication tapes, forensic evidence, autopsy reports, toxicology reports and other evidence collected and analyzed by the county's Major Crimes Task Force.

He said he had asked that the toxicology testing be expedited. Otherwise, the system is so backlogged, it can take 10 or 12 weeks to get reports back.

Berry has handled several previous officer-involved shootings during his tenure, though none involving the McMinnville Police Department.

He said he would present the evidence to a grand jury if he felt there were questions needing to be resolved, but could also make a determination short of that. He pledged to make all of the evidence public as soon as the investigation reaches a final conclusion, with the understanding that any charges arising from it could delay release for an extended period of time.

UPDATED / Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.:

Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry has released this latest information regarding the Linfield College stabbing/shooting incident Saturday night at 7-Eleven:

Investigators into the November 15, 2014 incident where Parker Moore was stabbed to death and the suspect shot by police, have now confirmed the identity of the suspect. 

The suspect in the stabbing and subsequently shot by police has been positively identified as Juventino Bermudez-Arenas, date of birth Jan. 24,1981. 

Not much is yet known about his background.

It is known that at the time of his death he was employed, for the second consecutive year, at a Christmas tree farm in Dallas, Oregon.

He has little in the way of known prior law enforcement contact, but was arrested on a minor charge in July 2000 in McMinnville. At that time he provided the name of "Jonventino Bermudes" with a date of birth of Dec. 24, 1981. 

Multiple inquiries have been made to law enforcement and this office about his status.

It is not believed that he was in the United States lawfully based on inconsistent social security numbers given to his employer, lack of official U.S. paperwork and from information provided by his family. Investigators continue to gather further background information on him. 

Persons with information about this man or on this case should contact the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office at 503-434-7506.

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Parker Archie Moore, a 20-year-old student, football player and resident assistant at Linfield College, was stabbed to death about 11 p.m. Saturday at the 7-Eleven across South Baker Street from the main college entrance.

The assailant, tentatively identified as Joventino Bermudez-Arenas, 33, of McMinnville, was shot to death by McMinnville police when he returned to the scene brandishing the knife.

An autopsy conducted Monday by the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas, determined Bermudez-Arenas died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.

An autopsy on Moore determined he died of two stab wounds to the chest.

Click here for recording of police radio traffic. Warning: Contains graphic detail. Listen at your own discretion.

McMinnville police officers involved in the incident were Sgt. Rhonda Sandoval, a 20-year veteran of the department; officer Brian McMullen, a 5-year member, and officer Justin James, a 6-year-member, according to Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry.

Click here for the 911 recording. Warning: It contains extremely graphic detail. Listen at your own discretion.

Each of these officers, as is standard procedure, is currently on paid administrative leave, Berry said.

Moore, a sophomore business management major from the Seattle suburb of Woodinville, was stabbed as he waited in line at the counter, according to Capt. Tim Svenson of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office.

Svenson said there was no known provocation or prior connection involving the two.

Moore was pronounced dead at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland after being transported by Life Flight helicopter.

Bermudez-Arenas died at the Willamette Valley Medical Center in McMinnville after being transported by McMinnville Fire Department ambulance.

Moore and his Linfield teammates had played earlier in the day, shutting out Pacific University of Forest Grove, 59-0, to clinch the Northwest Conference championship and an automatic NCAA Division III playoff berth.

Moore had gone to the store with a friend, who was waiting outside in a car. When he didn’t return, the friend went inside and discovered he had been stabbed.

According to the clerk, based on the 911 call, Moore was in the store to purchase alcohol.

In addition to the clerk, there was at least one additional customer in the store at the time. So the crime was immediately reported.

Svenson said no motive had been established. During a Sunday meeting with Moore’s family, law enforcement officials told members thhey may never know what precipitated the attack.

Acting McMinnville Police Chief Matt Scales said Bermudez-Arenas had no known connection to either Moore or Linfield. Searches turned up no evidence of any adult criminal record for him.

Five McMinnville officers were on duty at the time.

Scales said it was the first officer-involved shooting since he joined the department 21 years ago.

“It’s a difficult time for the city,” he said. “Our condolences go out to members of the (Moore) family. The district attorney’s office, Linfield and the city will continue to support each other.”

The stabbing and shooting will be investigated by the Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team. The sheriff’s office will serve as lead agency, as police shootings need to be investigated by outside agencies to avoid any potential conflict of interest.

Svenson gave this account of the sequence of events:

McMinnville police were dispatched in response to a call reporting a stabbing. When they arrived, they learned Moore had been stabbed by a man who had fled on foot.

As they were interviewing a witness in the parking lot, Bermudez-Arenas returned to the scene and confronted them with a knife.

“They were talking in the parking lot to a witness, and he pointed and said, ‘There he is right there,’” Svenson said. “The officers commanded him to show his hands, and he presented a knife. That’s what resulted in him being shot.”

The investigation includes a review of both interior and exterior surveillance video, plus interviews with members of the Moore and Bermudez-Arenas families, people who were at the store at the time and the police and fire personnel who responded, Svenson said.

He said members of the Bermudez-Arenas family were being cooperative.

Findings will be turned over to Berry. He could schedule an inquest or convene a grand jury to consider the evidence, or make a determination on his own, as to the justification for the shooting.

Moore was first identified as the victim Sunday morning in a letter Linfield President Tom Hellie posted on the college’s website.

“We are all still in shock, but we know that it is important to speak to counselors, to support each other as we mourn, and to think about and pray for Parker’s family and friends,” Hellie said. “We have lost a valued, important member of our community and all of us share in the grief.

 “This has been a very difficult time for all of us, and we need to find strength in each other during the coming week,” Hellie said in an e-mail to the Linfield community. “Thank you for your patience and courage during a very sad moment in the college’s history.”

He said Linfield had arranged for counselors to be available throughout the week in Walker Hall 103.

Linfield College has planned a memorial service for Moore, scheduled to take place at 7 p.m., Thursday in Ted Wilson Gymnasium on campus.

Linfield's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee has created a banner in honor of Moore. It will be available in the gymnasium lobby to be signed by members of the Linfield community prior to the service.

In addition, a candlelight vigil was held Sunday night at the Woodinville Alliance Church in Moore’s hometown.

Linfield students started a memorial on campus, on a fence on the Southeast Lever Street side of Maxwell Field, with flowers, mementos, messages and other items. Moore's No. 35 jersey is part of the memorial.

He as an outside linebacker for head coach Joe Smith’s Wildcat football team, which will be opening the NCAA Division III playoffs with a home game Saturday against California’s Chapman University.

A first-term All-King County linebacker in high school in Woodinville, he had been playing a reserve and special teams role so far in his Linfield career — not unusual for a sophomore. He had gotten into three games this year, recording two tackles.

“Parker was an incredible guy with a contagious smile,” Linfield defensive lineman Curtis Terry wrote in a text message to the News-Register. “He will be truly missed.”

Smith, who spoke at a Sunday afternoon media briefing, said the team met earlier in the day to discuss the tragedy.

“This is hard for us,” he said. “Parker embodied everything that is good about Linfield. He was a model of integrity, a man of action and a leader of people.”

About five hours afterward, southbound traffic on South Baker Street — part of the Highway 99W couplet — was still limited to one lane.

 The store remained closed and roped off as crime scene investigators went about their work, both inside and outside. It didn’t reopen until late Sunday afternoon.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 503-434-7506.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

 

Comments

I Am Darren Wilson

Just curious... was Joventino Bermudes-Arenas an illegal immigrant?

Jeb Bladine

Numerous reader comments on this story were lost -- a website production process deleted the original story file when a backup was being created.

For a number of those comments, losing them probably was a gift to readers. Here is one of those comments, however, that deserved being replaced on the story:

From Veedubmom: "Parker was a wonderful young man. He came through my register in Dillin Hall so many times with his big smile and a "How are you?" I will miss him so much and it breaks my heart that his life that had so much potential was cut short. I mourn for him, and with his parents and family who are hurting so badly. May his faith comfort us, for we know we will see him again."

Bob

Maybe we'll find out about his citizenship status, maybe not. One thing, at least, is certain; he was right out of his tiny mind! Naturally or drug enhanced? Thank God no one else was hurt.
My sympathies to the Linfield students and faculty, Mac PD officers involved and families of the victim and assailant.

I Am Darren Wilson

Jeb, The comments were not kind enough towards the vicious murderer?

I Am Darren Wilson

It's very odd, Jebb, that all the comments were 'lost' during a website production process, yet you were able to restore the comment by Veedubmom. Most peculiar indeed.

mcd

I was hoping the person claiming to be someone named Darren Wilson would stop commenting. Why don't you use your real name, if you are so brave? Ellie

Jeb Bladine

To: "I Am Darren Wilson"

We have received other comments about your use of a false real name in signing comments on our website.We have shared that concern to you twice in communications using the email address on your account, with no response.

Since we know that you are reading comments on articles where you have posted, we will consider this a last notification to you that you should change your online identity tag to something other that someone else's real name.

Jeb Bladine
News-Register

jimmysma

Praying for the young man who lost his life in a senseless act. Praying for his family and friends as they try to cope with such a terrible tragedy.
Also praying for the officers involved.

I Am Darren Wilson

Ellie, what are you talking about? When, pray tell, did I ever assert that I was 'brave'. I've never felt the need to do that. LOL!

Bladine, cancel the account and while you're at it cancel the subscription to this rag you call a newspaper.

David Bates

I understand the desire (and on occasion, need) for anonymity, but for far too many people on Internet discussion boards -- here and elsewhere -- it is usually an unnecessary and annoying default setting. If you support Darren Wilson, then introduce yourself and say "I support Darren Wilson" and move on.

treefarmer

Our community will be reeling from this horrific incident for a long time to come. My sincere condolences to both families, as well as to the officers and witnesses involved. May you all find some way to reclaim peace in your lives. Many prayers surround you. And kudos to our DA for handing the aftermath of this unspeakable crime with candor and transparency. We are all well-served by his openness.

Re the flame-thrower who is NOT as he/she self-identifies, thank you to Mr. Bladine for addressing this issue. I did read the comments that were first posted in the wake of this terrible tragedy and was extremely relieved when I returned to find them gone. (A “gift” indeed.) Voicing opinion is quite different from hate speech and inflammatory bigotry. We may come here to argue, or to opine, or to observe, but some folks are obviously not interested in civil discourse. There are plenty of other sites where trolls are welcome to log in and spew cowardly anonymous venom, I am very grateful that the News~Register refuses to tolerate that type of platform.

OntheIsland

I'm not particularly concerned about Mr. Bermudez-Arenas' citizenship status. However, I do have a few other questions that I hope News-Register staff will pursue in the next week or so...

- When will autopsy results be available? Do results give any indication of cause...perhaps drug-induced hallucination?

- Do his family, friends, and co-workers have any insight about his mental health condition or other personal circumstances that could have contributed to the attack?

- Are the family, friends, and other members of our community who cared about Mr. Bermudez-Arenas getting the support they need to deal with his actions and death?

- When is the Sheriff's Department report on the incident likely to be released?

Thanks!

sbagwell

I'll do what I can:
1) The basic autopsy findings have been released. They indicate Moore died of two stab wounds to the chest and Bermudez-Arenas of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. We have contacted the Medical Examiner's Office seeking more detail, but are not overly hopeful at this point.
2) We are still trying to make contact with the family, which speaks little or no English. But other media indicate he had just gotten off a normal work shift, had been maintaining a normal life, had only one minor skirmish with the law 14 years back, and had no known mental or drug issues. There is an unconfirmed report who had been "rudely treated" in the store a short time earlier, but if so, that would certainly not involve Parker Moore.
3) Not sure, but are still trying to make contact, with the aid of an interpreter.
4) The Yamhill County Major Crimes Task Force is handling the investigation, with the sheriff's office taking the lead due to the McMinnville Police Department's involvement in the shooting. It is working under the direction of Capt. Tim Svenson, who will be reporting its findings to District Attorney Brad Berry. All information release and decisionmaking is being handled by Berry. I think it will take another week or 10 days perhaps to get word.
Steve Bagwell, Managing Editor

kona

Ontheisland,

Your statement, "I'm not particularly concerned about Mr. Bermudez-Arenas' citizenship status" is interesting because it represents the focal point of a tremendous amount of discussion around the United States.

Spongebob

kona, Just "because [citizenship status] represents the focal point of a tremendous amount of discussion around the United States", doesn't make it relevant to this incident, other than providing fodder for prejudicial finger-pointing. I seriously doubt that "citizenship status" had anything to do with this assault.

kona

Spongebob,

I guess we will have to disagree on this one. I think many people consider it very significant when people are illegally in the U.S. and commit serious crimes. The discussion is not new. Is this a discussion that shouldn't take place?

You said, "I seriously doubt that "citizenship status" had anything to do with this assault." You could be right, but you could also be wrong. I appreciate your opinion. When you find out the reason for the assault please post it here.

I think everyone can agree that it was a senseless act by a person walking around with a lethal weapon. It should not have happened.

sbagwell

Kona:
I must be missing something. Can't a senseless act by a person walking around with a lethal weapon be committed just as readily by a legal Anglo, illegal Anglo or legal Latino as an illegal Latino? Seems to be we read about just this sort of thing every day, so I don't see any relevance to either ethnic heritage or immigration status.
We have no shortage of home-grown loonies, some of whom are incredibly dangerous and violent. Nor do we have any good way to sort them out as they grow up, be they native born or immigrant. When we do identify and apprehend them, we have criminal justice machinery in place. But until then, it's kind of a crap shoot.
Steve

kona

sbagwell,

I agree with your entire comment and is not inconsistent with my comment. You aren't missing anything. I appreciate your comment.

kona

Where we might disagree (and I am going out on a limb) is that I believe that all immigrants should enter our country legally. I do realize that opinion is a real tangent to this unfortunate event. It does enter into many discussions, however. Ten minutes ago Channel 6 made a point in one of their lead comments to say that Juventino Bermudez-Arenas was in this country illegally.

listen*up

Does the family of Parker now have the right to sue the state of Oregon and the employer of the murderer for failing to obey the law,Oregon has e-verify yet this man had no identification,how did he gain employment with no I.D.?How did he function in society with no I.D.?

Spongebob

kona: "When you find out the reason for the assault please post it here."
You seem to be missing my point, kona. Unless the perp left a note detailing his reasons for the violence, we will likely never know what triggered this sad event. But, if you believe his immigration status had something to do with it, please enlighten us. Mr. Bagwell did an excellent job of expanding my original thought.

kona

Spongebob, you (and sbagwell) are trying your best to read something into my comments that is not there. You said, "I seriously doubt that "citizenship status" had anything to do with this assault." How do you know that? I certainly didn't say that the illegal status of Bermudez-Arenas was the reason for the assault. I don't know.

I do think it is more than interesting that 34.5 percent of the federal prison population is Hispanic while being only 16.4 percent of the U.S. population. This is greatly influenced by the lowly economic status of those illegally entering the United States.

My point is that the discussion of the problems in our American society directly related to the relatively rapid influx of illegal immigrants is very important.

Spongebob

kona: "My point is that the discussion of the problems in our American society directly related to the relatively rapid influx of illegal immigrants is very important."

kona, I do not disagree with this statement at all, but, it is tangential to this story, and likely irrelevant to what transpired. I don't know that, for a fact, but I see no reason to suspect that it is. To turn this event into a discussion about immigration policy, or the perpetrator's immigration status, seems to be a distraction.

kona

OK, I'll quit. Perhaps my comments can be deleted.

Lulu

Maybe people questioning Bermudez-Arenas citizenship status simply mean is if this country had a practical immigration policy, people from other countries living here would have entered legally. The crime couldn't have occurred had the assailant not been physically present in the United States. Think of the rhyme that begins "For want of a nail, the shoe was lost,..."
Does this make any sense?

Spongebob

If ifs and buts were candy....

A "practical immigration policy" will not stop people from entering this country illegally. Nor will it prevent legal residents - no matter where they were born, or what ethnicity they identify with (sorry for the syntax) - from committing heinous crimes.

Whatever bad karma led to this senseless act, "citizenship status" seems an unlikely contributor.

Trafik

Some points in this discussion are akin to blaming public policy for the fatal actions of one drunk driver. Sure, if existing law was universally and unflinchingly enforced, the drunk driver would never have been on the street in the first place and there would be no victim of his awful decision. But I suspect that most Americans recognize that raising enforcement of existing drunk driving laws to a level that would completely eliminate drunk driving is preposterous.

Living in the "land of the free" comes with both privileges and costs.

kona

I'm back. You have talked me into a return. I am surprised at the apologists for illegal entry into the United States. Would it also be acceptable if six million people from China decided to come to the U.S. to live? Or is it just Hispanics that we look the other way?

Lulu is correct, if the U.S. didn't have such a weak (or no policy) immigration policy, Parker Moore would most likely be alive today. That simple. Very few, if any, countries in the world have as poor of immigration standards as does the U.S. We are letting an economic underclass cross our borders. Many are very good people, but as a whole what kind of people do acts of entering another country illegally?

Trafik

Apologists? Perhaps some people just think that statements which politicize a tragedy such as this are, at best, in very bad taste. But expecting others to demonstrate good manners -- or at least exercise a little restraint -- in public forums like this is a lost cause.

Spongebob

kona: "I am surprised at the apologists for illegal entry into the United States."

"... if the U.S. didn't have such a weak (or no policy) immigration policy, Parker Moore would most likely be alive today. That simple."

kona, I read back through these posts and didn't find a single one that could be described as an "apologist" for illegal entry into this country. Don't try to turn this discussion into something it isn't.

Your conviction the Parker Moore's death is the result of our immigration policy is pure, unsupportable, speculatory nonsense. That simple.

Don Iler

Perhaps a discussion about immigration would be more appropriate on this article: http://www.newsregister.com/article?articleTitle=oregon-immigrants-activists-celebrate-obama-plan--1416610343--15506--state%20&%20region

kona

1) Thank you Don, you are correct.

2) Trafik, there is nothing political in my comments. It is about legal or illegal behavior. The title of this article is "DA Brad Berry: All three officers fired weapons".

Channel 6 made a point in one of their lead comments to say that Juventino Bermudez-Arenas was in this country illegally.

3) Spongebob, thank you for your opinion.

Spongebob

You are most welcome, kona. I am equally thankful for yours.

Jeb Bladine

It is as hard to separate “citizenship status” from discussion of this story as it is to ignore that Parker Moore was part of the Linfield football team. Neither is relevant to the terrible murder and subsequent fatal shooting, but they are facts that come into almost any discussion.

We appreciate how people have handled the immigration topic here – as compared to the kind of nonsense and occasional hate-speech we have seen in comments on other websites.

Trafik

I'm sorry, kona. I thought that bringing up an issue that a good portion of the country is currently debating in an often rancorous manner was politicizing a heartbreaking story. Clearly your remarks were intended to be compassionate and reassuring. My mistake. I'll have to brush up on my language skills.

Trafik

In hindsight I regret the sarcasm. I apologize.

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