Corrections officer appears in court for shooting

Credit: Marion County Sheriff's Office

Corrections officer appears in court for shooting


by KGW Staff

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Posted on April 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 16 at 5:20 PM

TURNER, Ore. – A corrections worker was arrested for shooting at police officers during a lengthy standoff early Sunday morning in Turner.

Michael W. Yann, 39, appeared in court Monday on several changes including attempted aggravated murder.

The shooting incident began when police were called to the report of a drunken man in the road near the intersection of 7th Street SE and Delaney Road just before 9 p.m.  Two officers made contact with Yann in front of his home and convinced him to go inside, Turner Police Chief Don Taylor told KGW.

Soon afterward Yann came back out of his house with a handgun, police said.

"He challenged the officers and fired several rounds at them, then retreated back to the house and fired several more rounds through a window," said Don Thomson of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. "The officers were not hit and did not return fire because the suspect's wife was in their line of fire."

Yann then barricaded himself inside the home and a Marion County SWAT unit responded to the scene. Negotiators convinced him to surrender at about 1 a.m. and he was taken into custody.

He was lodged in the Marion County Jail on two charges each of attempted murder and attempted aggravated murder, as well as disorderly conduct.

Yann has worked for the Department of Corrections for about 15 years, Thomson said. He is currently a transportation officer. He will be put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Neighbors and co-workers told KGW Yann is a family man and they were shocked to learn what he was accused of doing.

"It is mind-boggling. I wish I had some answers. I just don't. It is one of those things that we may never get answered," said Taylor.

The judge denied bail for Yann on Monday.

Yann spoke with KGW back in January as part of the news coverage on flooding in the small town.  He talked about the importance of making sure his wife and kids were safe as the neighborhood got evacuated.

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Friends describe Yann as a good father and friend.