LEBANON, Ore — A Lebanon man accused of killing two people was arrested Sunday in southern California near the United States border with Mexico.
Shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday, authorities received a report of two people dead at a home on Shannon Place in Lebanon.
The Linn County Major Crimes Team arrived at the scene and found 48-year-old Erik Cody Jacobs, of Independence, and 42-year-old Tammy Lee Hopper dead. Hopper lived at the home, according to the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators identified 48-year-old Brenton Wade Richmond, of Lebanon, as a suspect. He was arrested Sunday in southern California.
Richmond faces charges for two counts of aggravated murder.
Richmond was a Lebanon police officer until 2002, when tactical police were dispatched to his home after reports of a suicidal man.
The Corvallis Gazette Times reports that Richmond and Hopper had broken up two months ago and that he told he would kill her and any new boyfriend.
In January, the Linn County Sheriff's Office issued Richmond a concealed weapon permit.
He was detained as he tried to walk across the border into Mexico, the Gazette Times reported.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the killings is asked to call Detective John Lovik with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office at 541-967-3911.