Driver tells troopers: ‘I just killed someone’

Gregory Siegberg, 62, lives in Milwaukie

Gregory Sieberg, 62, of Milwaukie, was arrested after crashing his car near the Oregon-Washington border, November 27, 2016 (WSP)
Gregory Sieberg, 62, of Milwaukie, was arrested after crashing his car near the Oregon-Washington border, November 27, 2016 (WSP)

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (KOIN) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing a person in Milwaukie was arrested near the Oregon-Washington border Sunday night.

The incident began around 7:30 p.m. when Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a shooting at 13614 SE River Road. Deputies arrived and found 53-year-old Melissa Elaine Vargas dead from a gunshot wound to the back of the neck.

Melissa Vargas in an undated courtesy photo provided by her family, November 28, 2016
Melissa Vargas in an undated courtesy photo provided by her family, November 28, 2016

A woman who lives at the home reportedly told deputies her ex-husband, Gregory R. Siegberg, shot Vargas once then turned and fired multiple shots at her. She said she then ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

Siegberg allegedly fled in a 2015 Subaru, which he crashed at the Ridgefield Port of Entry on I-5 NB.

Washington State Patrol spokesperson Will Finn said reports came in around 8:23 p.m. of a car that had rolled over a barrier and landed on its top.

The 62-year-old suspect was the only person in the car at the time of the crash. He reportedly told troopers on the scene he “just killed someone.”

A probable cause affidavit obtained by KOIN 6 News showed Siegberg was pulled from the car without injuries. He allegedly told troopers he had “a lot” to drink.

Gregory Siegbereg in his first court appearance on DUII and an Oregon felony murder warrant, November 28, 2016 (Clark County)
Gregory Siegbereg in his first court appearance on DUII and an Oregon felony murder warrant, November 28, 2016 (Clark County)

Siegberg, who is listed as a senior inspector at Stanley Black & Decker in Milwaukie, told police he was living with his ex-wife but planned to move out soon. He also admitted to having problems with meth and alcohol.

Investigators stayed at the scene at SE River Road and Torbank Road throughout Monday morning.

“It’s one of those situations where it’s almost unbelievable at times,” WSP trooper Will Finn said. “As troopers we do our due diligence when it comes to an investigation.”

The Milwaukie resident is being held at Clark County Jail for DUII and a felony homicide warrant out of Clackamas County.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

Gregory Sieberg, 62, of Milwaukie, was arrested after crashing his car near the Oregon-Washington border, November 27, 2016 (WSP)
Gregory Sieberg, 62, of Milwaukie, was arrested after crashing his car near the Oregon-Washington border, November 27, 2016 (WSP)