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Man arrested after opening fire on police officers from inside home in Molalla

One patrol car and two trucks parked nearby were struck by gunfire. Police say a person was injured, but it's not clear yet whether they were shot.

MOLALLA, Ore. — A man opened fire on police officers and civilians from inside a home near Leroy Avenue and West Main Street in Molalla Monday morning, according to police. 

The Clackamas County District Attorney's Office identified the suspect as 48-year-old Brian Scott Mills. 

Molalla Police Chief Frank Schoenfeld said officers were initially responding to the house for a medical call when they got word that a man had put on body armor. 

When officers arrived on scene, the man the man, later identified as Mills, opened fire with two guns from a window. A patrol car and two trucks parked nearby were struck by gunfire, Shoenfeld said. 

According to a probable cause affidavit, shrapnel struck a man inside one of the trucks. He was treated at Providence Willamette Falls Hospital for his injuries. Court documents say another round went through the bedroom of a nearby home while a 15-year-old was in her bed, but she was not injured.

One Molalla police officer returned fire, according to Oregon State Police (OSP). That officer, who has not yet been identified, was placed on administrative leave. 

Schoenfeld said two family members including a child were inside the home at the time of the shooting.

Mills was taken into custody and booked at the Clackamas County jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault, second-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering. 

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Police evacuated a nearby shopping center and construction site because they were in the line of fire.

SKY8 video showed multiple emergency agencies at the scene including vehicles from the Molalla Fire, the Molalla Police Department, Canby Fire and Oregon State Police. A stretch of West Main Street was blocked off by police vehicles.

Earlier in the day, around 10:50 a.m., Molalla River Middle School and Molalla Elementary School were placed in lockdown while "there was significant police activity in the neighborhood south of the schools," according to a press release from the Molalla River School District. Law enforcement lifted the lockdown at both schools around 12:10 p.m. and students are expected to be released at a normal time. 

Oregon State Police is leading the investigation.

Credit: KGW

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