1 killed on Umatilla Indian Reservation

Victor Contreras arrested in connection with shooting

Victor Joseph Contreras, 23, shown in a jail booking photo.
Victor Joseph Contreras, 23, shown in a jail booking photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Hours before a man appeared before a federal magistrate judge – on allegations that he shot 2 people over the weekend, killing one — the 23-year-old suspect sat in the back of a police car but suddenly leaned forward when he heard his name on a news radio broadcast.

Victor Joseph Contreras “seemed to perk up and leaned forward” during the broadcast, according to a FBI criminal complaint.

Contreras is charged in U.S. District Court with assault with the intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm, assault resulting in serious bodily injury, possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a violent crime and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was arrested over the weekend by the FBI following a shooting that happened on March 19.

As he was being driven to Portland for his first court appearance on Monday, he asked what was going to happen to a friend of his and said that he wasn’t going to take all of the blame for what happened, according to the criminal complaint.

By Contreras’ in-car-account:

His friend had shot first and he then pulled out his pistol and started shooting at the side of a house. Contreras claimed he didn’t shoot anyone, but merely shot at the house.

The investigation started just before 6 a.m. on Friday, March 19 when a police sergeant for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Police Department heard gunshots to the north of the police department, according to the affidavit.

The sergeant found the home where the shooting has occurred and found two victims. One, according to the complaint, had a severe gunshot wound to his lower left leg right above the ankle.

The FBI has not released the victim’s name. He was identified in federal court documents as “B.W.”

“The wound was so severe that medical staff was concerned about B.W. possibly losing his leg,” according to court documents.

The second victim, Anthony Jimenez, 27, sustained a wound to his head or upper torso, according to court documents. He was transported to a hospital in Richland, Wash. where he later died. Jimenez is a non-tribal member. “B.W.” is a tribal member, according to the FBI.

According to the affidavit, investigators found 27 .40 caliber shell casings in the area where the shooting occurred.

Contreras was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit, records show.

Investigators learned that there had been a party on Willow Drive and that a fight between two groups of party goers was a result of a gang rivalry.

B.W., the party’s host, ended the event and started asking people to leave, records show.

According to the complaint, Contreras “objected” to leaving and got into a verbal fight with “B.W.” Jimenez took the side of “B.W.” A witness, who was at the party, told investigators that as he and his girlfriend were leaving the party, he saw Contreras holding a small black handgun and then heard several shots.

Records show that Contreras was convicted in 2012 in Idaho for delivery of a controlled substance.

Contreras is being held in the Multnomah County Detention Center.

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