John Oscar Branch shot by Newberg-Dundee police expected to survive

Police shoot man with knife in Dundee

From KATU.com, June 24, 2011

One man has been shot and injured after police in Dundee shot the suspect who they say came at them with a knife and refused to drop his weapon.

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department has not released many details about the shooting except to say the man who was shot is in the hospital and undergoing surgery. His condition has not been released.

Police say the incident began just after 1 a.m. Friday when they responded to a disturbance call at 126 Alder Street in Dundee, which is a small community located in the foothills area southwest of Portland.

Police said they confronted a man with a knife who refused their commands to put down his weapon and came at them “aggressively.” Police did not say why the man was armed or if anyone else was involved.

Officers were seen bagging evidence inside a house and searching around a residence at the location of the shooting.

Police have not said which officers were involved or how many shots were fired. The condition of the man who was shot has not been released.

Neighbors said they heard the disturbance and then a gunshot after police arrived on the scene. Dundee sits at the heart of Oregon’s vineyard region.

One neighbor told KATU News the area is usually quiet and that several police officers live in the neighborhood.

A woman who lives next door to the home where the shooting took place said she often heard yelling and arguing at the home and said the man who was shot may have mental health issues.

Man shot by Newberg-Dundee police expected to survive

From The Oregonian, June 24, 2011

Early this morning, a Newberg-Dundee police officer shot a 58-year-old man armed with a knife after being called to a home in Dundee in a domestic disturbance.

The incident took place right before 1 a.m. in the 100 block of Northwest Alder Street in an upper middle class neighborhood with vistas of Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson. Two officers were called to the scene on a report of a domestic disturbance in the home of John Oscar Branch, according to Brad Berry, Yamhill County district attorney.

Branch “charged at them aggressively” with the knife, prompting one officer to fire a single shot, police said.

“As a result of the immediate threat presented by the man and his refusal to obey commands to stop advancing and to drop the knife, the suspect was shot,” police said in a statement.

Branch was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, where he underwent surgery. He is not in intensive care and is expected to survive, Berry said. The hospital would not release any information about Branch’s condition.

No one else was hurt.

Branch is married and has grown children. It’s not clear what sparked the disturbance.

The police sirens woke several neighbors, who were stunned to look out of their two and three story homes in the middle of the night in a leafy neighborhood and see a cluster of police cars gathered on the street.

“It’s a lovely neighborhood,” said Roberta Simonsen, who has lived on the street since 1970. “We had absolutely no idea what was happening. We were hoping it wasn’t a tragedy.”

Berry said that in the past 15 years since he’s been district attorney there have been few police shootings. The last one, he said, was nearly two years ago. In August 2009, Yamhill Police Officer Travis Van Cleave fired four shots while trying to arrest a 24-year-old man, Randy James Restorff, who rammed his police car in a drunken driving stop. Restorff fled in his vehicle but was later arrested and treated — not for a gunshot wound but for a bite from a police canine.

Then in October 2005, a Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office deputy, Richard Geist, and Oregon State Police Trooper Randy Ogle killed a 36-year-old felon on the run, Martin Anthony George, who grew up in Keiser but lived in Grande Ronde.

Police shoot man in Yamhill County

From KGW.com, June 24, 2011

A man was shot by a Newberg-Dundee police officer early Friday morning after he reportedly charged at two officers with a knife.

Police identified the man as John Oscar Branch, 58, of Dundee.

Police were dispatched to the 100 block of Alder Street in Dundee shortly before 1 a.m. on a report of a disturbance and a man with a knife, according to Capt. Chris Bolek.

The officers saw the man outside the home with a knife, said Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry. “They gave him commands. He charged at them,” Berry said.

The man was taken by Lifeflight to Legacy Emanuel where he underwent surgery, Bolek said. A condition report was not available.

Neither officer was injured, Bolek said.

Neighbors told KGW that a couple at the home had argued before.

Man wielding a knife shot by Newberg-Dundee police

From KOIN.com, June 24, 2011

A man advancing on officers with a knife was shot by Newberg-Dundee police early Friday morning in the small community of Dundee.

Police responded to a domestic dispute just before 1 a.m., and when officers arrived in the 100 block of Alder Street a man was wielding a knife and advancing on them, according to the Yamhill County District Attorney’s Office.

Officers told the suspect to drop the knife multiple times before firing a shot at him. The man was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel where he underwent surgery.

The Yamhill County Major Crimes Response Team is investigating the incident.

Man in hospital after police shooting in Dundee

From KPTV.com, June 24, 2011

The Yamhill County District Attorney said a man armed with a knife lunged at two Newberg-Dundee police officers is in the hospital.

Investigators said one of the officers shot the man in the street around 1 a.m. Friday along Southwest Alder Street near 1st Street in Dundee.

Yamhill County D-A Brad Berry said the officers were called to the scene to check out a report of a domestic disturbance.

Berry said when officers arrived they were confronted by a middle-aged man armed with a knife.

Investigators said the man refused to listen to the officers demands to drop the knife as he kept approaching them.

One of the officers then fired a single shot that hit the man, Berry said.

A Life Flight helicopter then rushed the man to Emanuel Hospital in North Portland where he went through surgery and is now in the intensive care unit, Berry said.

Investigators said the woman involved in the domestic disturbance was not hurt and neither were the two officers.

The Yamhill County Major Crime Response Team is now investigating the shooting.

Berry said investigators are interviewing both officers away from the scene to get more details.

The officers will be put on paid administrative leave as standard procedure following a police shooting, Berry said.

The two officers were not injured in the shooting, but were placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Newberg-Dundee offficers involved in shooting identified

From The Oregonian, Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Newberg-Dundee Police Department has released the names of two officers involved in Friday morning’s shooting of a knife-wielding man.

Officer Chris Rasmussen, a 6 1/2-year veteran, shot John Oscar Branch, a 58-year-old Vietnam veteran, after he charged toward police responding to a domestic abuse call with a long knife.

The other officer involved, Joseph Eubanks, has been a police officer for 6 months. He didn’t fire any shots.

Branch was taken by Life Flight to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where he was operated on for a gunshot wound. He is expected to recover.