2 men arrested after deadly Salem shooting

2 men arrested after deadly Salem shooting

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by Teresa Blackman, kgw.com Staff

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Posted on October 16, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 17 at 1:57 PM

SALEM – A man died of "homicidal violence" in Salem Sunday and detectives said they were interviewing "more than one person of interest" in the case, according to Dave Thomson with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The man was shot several times and killed around 7:30 p.m. at an apartment in the 4100-block of Devonshire Avenue, NE in Salem. Neighbors called 9-1-1 and reported hearing shots fired.

Detectives arrived within minutes of the calls and found a dead man in the apartment. He was later identified as David Polanco, 23, of Salem.

Investigators said the motive was unclear.

Witnesses provided detectives with the description of a suspect vehicle and two suspects seen leaving the scene immediately after the shootings. A couple hours later, a California trooper spotted the suspect vehicle - a 2003 Ford Explorer, with a California license plate and tinted windows - and pulled the driver over.

The two men in the SUV, identified as Nicholas Chavez, 29, and Jhosuamil Colon Lebron, 18, were detained at the Siskiyou County Jail on murder charges. The timeline for extradition to Oregon will be developed after the two men appear in court in California later this week.

Detectives planned to serve a search warrant on Monday, in order to collect evidence from the apartment.

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