Armed robbery suspect dies in officer-involved shooting

Suspect died at the scene

Police siren, generic. (KOIN)
Police siren, generic. (KOIN)

POLK COUNTY, Ore. (KOIN) — An armed robbery and carjacking suspect — a 17-year-old male later identified as Baltazar Escaloma-Baez — died in an officer-involved shooting early Saturday morning in Salem, according to police.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said they were alerted to an armed carjacking and robbery around 4 a.m. in the Safeway parking lot at the corner of Silverton Road and NE Lancaster Drive.

Police said a black Toyota Corolla was carjacked in the parking lot and Escaloma-Baez reportedly had a weapon. Once authorities located the vehicle, Escaloma-Baez led them on a pursuit, which ended on Highway 18 near milepost 23.

As deputies attempted to take Escaloma-Baez into custody, shots were fired and the teen died at the scene.

Investigators recovered a weapon from the scene.

It’s currently unclear who fired or how many shots were fired. Sgt. Kevin Haynes who has been with the sheriff’s office for 18 years, Deputy Kelly Lorence, who has worked there for 1 and a half years and Deputy Mike Stevenson, who has been there for 2 years, were involved in the incident and are on paid administrative leave pending an Oregon State Police investigation.

Highway 18 was closed for several hours due to the incident, but has since reopened.