Sheriff's deputy shoots, kills Dayton man
[UPDATED: Friday, July 3, with version as it appears in today's newspaper.]
Convicted felon Kevin Lamont Judson, 24, of Dayton, was shot and killed about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday by Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office deputy Richard Broyles, a 16-year veteran of the agency.
An autopsy performed Thursday by Dr. Christopher Youngat of the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Clackamas determined Judson died of two gunshot wounds.
Broyles has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of the Major Crime Response Team’s investigation being led by District Attorney Brad Berry. That’s standard procedure in police-involved shooting cases.
Berry gave this account of the events leading up to the shooting:
About 7:30 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop on Northeast Doran Drive, just off Highway 99W. During the stop, the deputy requested backup.
Neither Berry nor Sheriff Tim Svenson would identify the deputy, who Svenson said was being given time off to deal with the emotional side of what transpired.
“That deputy is feeling somewhat responsible,” Svenson said. “It was his traffic stop.”
A cover unit was asked to respond “Code 1,” according to Yamhill Communications Agency radio traffic. That’s a non-emergency response.
While the cover unit was still en route, the backseat passenger in the car that had been stopped, identified as Judson, fled across the highway into a parking lot shared by Christensen Auto Sales and the Tire Factory. Two other occupants, the driver and a second passenger, remained at the scene under the watch of the deputy who initiated the stop.
Berry did not identify either individual. Svenson said he did not have their names.
Officers discovered a meth pipe in the course of the stop, but no one was charged or taken into custody at the scene.
When Broyles arrived as backup, he encountered Judson in the parking lot on the other side of the highway. Although details have not yet been fully sorted out and released, officials indicated Broyles and Judson got into a struggle that eventually led to Broyles pulling a gun and firing.
At the time he was shot, Judson was alone in the driver’s seat of Broyles’ patrol vehicle. Asked if Judson had armed or attempted to arm himself, Berry said, “I don’t have that information.”
“Interviews are still being done with witnesses,” Berry said. “I’m not in a position at this time to state factually the sequence of events, and I won’t be until the investigation is completed.”
At the time of the shooting, Broyles and Judson were the only two present. However, some bystanders were present and they are cooperating with the investigation and providing statements, Berry said.
Berry met Thursday morning with lead investigators from the McMinnville Police Department. They engaged in discussion related to their schedule of interviews for the remainder of the day.
Additional interviews were scheduled today.
“Yamhill County has a real good group of investigators,” Svenson said, referencing members of the county’s Major Crime Response Team. “They are highly competent, highly qualified.
“They do a standup job. In my opinion, they can be matched up with any investigative group in the state of Oregon.”
Svenson said law enforcement officers train for incidents like the one that unfolded Wednesday, but hope they never happen. “It’s something that, none of us go to work and hope an event like this comes our way,” he said.
Svenson said he had been conversing with the deputies who were involved in the case just minutes before the incident began to unfold. “Just like it was any other day,” he said.
“That just goes to show you how quickly you can go from a normal day, having a normal everyday conversation, to one where you’re having to think quickly on your feet, and it ends up in a deadly force situation, five minutes after you’ve had a casual conversation with your people.”
Judson, listed by McMinnville police as a “Wanted Person” on a charge of failure to appear, had been convicted in March 2011 of one count of possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, a Class C felony. He was sentenced to 18 months probation.
He was arrested on the charge in November 2010. He was granted a conditional release from jail pending trial, according to court records.
He entered the county’s Drug Court Program. Court records indicate he participated in the program on a continual basis, though he was sanctioned several times along the way for unspecified reasons.
In December 2011, he was arraigned on a probation violation. He denied the allegation initially, but later admitted it, leading to revocation of his probation and his expulsion from the Drug Court Program.
His sentence on the violation was a $245 fine, which was ultimately converted to 31 hours of community service.
He was sanctioned several times after that for violating his probation. Repeated violations led to revocation of his probation in 2012, and he was sentenced to 60 days in prison, the time to be served in the county jail rather than a state facility.
His record also reflects a pair of restraining order violations.
Anyone with potentially useful information is asked to call the McMinnville police tip line at 503-434-2337.
[UPDATE: 4:15 p.m.] The McMinnville Police Department has identified the man shot this morning by a sheriff's deputy as Kevin Lamont Judson, 24, of Dayton, and the involved deputy as Deputy Richard Broyles, a 16-year veteran of the sheriff's office.
"(Broyles) was unharmed and is currently on paid administrative leave as per established protocol," according to an MPD press release.
No further details of the incident have been released.
A Yamhill County sheriff's deputy shot and killed an adult male suspect about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of North Highway 99W and Doran Drive in McMinnville.
Neither the suspect nor the deputy, who wasn't injured, have been identified.
Immediately following the shooting, a heavy concentration of law enforcement officers from multiple agencies converged on the Christensen Auto Sales lot at 3080 N.E. Highway 99W, between the Tire Factory and Blue Star Gas.
The incident began when an officer made contact with a motorist at Highway 99W and Doran Drive, across from Christensen Auto Sales, according to Yamhill Communications Agency radio traffic.
An occupant of the vehicle reportedly fled on foot. Two others remained behind.
A methamphetamine pipe was reportedly dropped on the ground by one of the subjects.
Moments later, a "shots fired" report was transmitted.
At the site, a sheriff's office patrol car could be seen wedged under a transmission tower on the auto sales lot. The scene was deemed "secured" about 7:50.
The Major Crime Response Team, overseen by District Attorney Brad Berry, assembled to investigate the incident. Law enforcement vehicles lined Highway 99W as the investigation got underway.
Anyone with information is asked to contact McMinnville police at 503-434-2337.
Additional information will be posted as it becomes available, officials said.