SALEM -- Police have identified the suspect in the shooting of a Benton County sheriff's deputy and a Salem police officer Saturday night.
The suspect was also shot. He was identified Monday afternoon as identified as Demecio Cardenas, Jr., 32, of Los Angeles, California. Cardenas was a wanted fugitive in California.
Deputies responded at about 10:30 p.m. to the report of a man with a weapon trespassing at a home on Northwest Scenic Avenue, according to the Benton Co. Sheriff's Office.
The suspect was seen leaving the property when deputies arrived. He was driving a car that was possibly stolen, a sheriff's office statement read. He attempted to elude police, but crashed near Northwest Springhill Drive and Northwest Independence Highway.
The driver then fled on foot. Responding officers started a search and were confronted by the suspect, who they said fired at them.
Sgt. David Peterson of the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Salem police Cpl. Andrew Connolly were shot. Both were taken to nearby hospitals. Peterson suffered several gunshot wounds and was still listed in serious condition Sunday afternoon. Connolly was treated for one bullet wound and released.
Cardenas was also hit by several rounds. He was flown by helicopter to a Portland hospital, where he was listed in serious condition.