Salem suspect accused of trying to kill deputy

Salem suspect accused of trying to kill deputy

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by Justin Burton and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on April 4, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 5 at 10:36 AM

SALEM – A suspect wanted for assaulting a police officer was arrested for trying to murder a deputy after ramming a parked sheriff's car in Southeast Salem Wednesday, police said.

Four Corners Elementary & Houck Middle School were briefly put in lockdown in the area of Lancaster Dr. SE & Durbin Ave. SE as police tried to arrest 37-year-old Willie Ray Williams.

Investigators said Williams was leaving a home in the neighborhood when he rammed a parked trailer, and then a Marion County deputy's patrol vehicle. He accelerated towards a deputy who said he made eye contact with the suspect in the rear-view mirror, police said.

The deputy was able to get out of the way and no one was hurt.

Deputies soon found him hiding in the closet of a nearby home. Williams was arrested for attempted murder of a police officer, an outstanding warrant for assaulting an officer, trying to elude and trespassing.

The school lockdowns were lifted around 12:15 p.m.

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