Oakridge Police: suspect in double murder knew victims

The killings happened around 3 p.m. Friday near Second Street and Portal.

Posted: Feb 8, 2019 5:09 PM
Updated: Feb 9, 2019 9:29 AM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- The suspect in a double homicide investigation in Oakridge has been taken into custody, police said.

At 2:32 p.m. the Oakridge Police Department received a call about a suspicious incident on West 2nd Street near Portal Drive. An officer took the suspect into custody at the call. After a search of the area, police found two people dead. Police said the murders happened after a dispute between the deceased and the suspect. They also said the suspect knew the victims.

Witnesses and neighbors told KEZI 9 News that another person is injured.

"A young lady for some reason stabbed her parents to death and then went next door and attacked an older couple with a knife and injured the wife in her hand," neighbor Dennis Patterson said. "She was taken away with her hand bandaged up."

Another neighbor said he was shocked to hear about the murders, saying it's a quiet neighborhood.

West 2nd Street was blocked off Friday night about half a mile from Oakridge High School. Oregon State Police troopers were also at the location, where two houses are surrounded by crime scene tape.

Police told KEZI 9 News the names of the victims and the suspect will not be released until the next of kin has been notified.

There is a joint investigation underway with Oakridge Police Department, Oregon State Police, Lane County Sheriff’s Office, Lane County District Attorney’s Office and Lane County Medical Examiner's Office.

Officials ask anyone with additional information to contact the Oakridge Police Department at 541-782-4232 or the Lane County Sheriff's Office at 541-682-4141.

Stay with KEZI 9 News for updates.

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