On March 23, 2021 at approximately 2000 hours, the Roseburg Police Department responded to a reported shooting in the 1600 block of W. Harvard. The Roseburg Police Department, along with law enforcement officials from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Myrtle Creek Police Department, responded to the scene. The investigation revealed the incident stemmed from a conflict with two individuals who appear to be known to each other and there is no known ongoing threat to the public. The involved victim sustained very minor, non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is still active and more information will be released when available.
REEDSPORT, Ore. - The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing its investigation into the officer involved shooting incident which took place on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021 in Reedsport.
The suspect in the incident has been identified as 30-year-old David Robert Ruozi Jr. Ruozi had been identified by Springfield Police Department as the suspect in the homicide of Richard Marshall.
Over the course of several days leading up to the traffic stop and subsequent officer involved shooting, Springfield Police Detectives had been in several coastal towns searching for Ruozi.
On March 9, 2021, at approximately 5:43 p.m. law enforcement conducted a traffic stop. During the course of the traffic stop, Ruozi became hostile and it became apparent he was armed. Negotiators attempted to de-escalate the situation for several hours without success. At 10:44 p.m., shots were fired at the scene.
At this time, the involved law enforcement officers are on paid administrative leave, as routine procedure while the investigation is conducted. The names of the involved officers are not being released at this time as this is an ongoing investigation.
The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated to investigate the incident; the Roseburg Police Department has been assigned as the lead agency. The Major Crimes Team is a multi-agency team comprised of Investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Douglas County District Attorney's Office.
Any additional details related to this incident will be released by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team through the Roseburg Police Department.
On March 9, 2021, at approximately 5:43 p.m., deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, along with officers from the Oregon State Police, Reedsport Police Department and Springfield Police Department conducted a traffic stop. During the course of the traffic stop, one individual was detained; another individual in the vehicle became hostile.
Negotiators with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiations Team negotiated with the armed suspect in the vehicle attempting to de-escalate the situation for several hours. At 10:44 p.m., shots were fired at the scene. The suspect, whose name is being withheld at this time, was pronounced deceased by EMS personnel.
The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated for the investigation. Further details will be released in an updated release.
On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at approximately 5:16 P.M. Roseburg Police and Roseburg Firefighters responded to a reported vehicle versus electric scooter collision in the 2400 block of NE Stephens in Roseburg.
An investigation into the incident found an adult male was riding a stand up electric scooter southbound in the dedicated bicycle lane on the east side of the road. A vehicle was exiting a parking lot on the east side of NE Stephens, preparing to turn north on Stephens. As the car turned, the scooter tried stopping, but the male was ejected over the handlebars of the scooter, and he got stuck under the vehicle. Roseburg Fire personnel were able to extricate the male from under the vehicle and he was transported to Mercy with life-threatening injuries. The male later died of his injuries while at Mercy.
The driver of the vehicle is a Sutherlin resident, and the male on the scooter is a Roseburg resident. The identification of the male is being withheld at this time until next of kin can be notified.
The investigation is ongoing, but at this time there are no indications that impairment was a factor in this incident. Stephens was briefly reduced to southbound traffic only, and was later opened to one northbound lane. The roadway was cleared and opened for regular traffic around 7:00 P.M.
On Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at approximately 2:57 P.M., the Douglas County 911 center received numerous calls regarding a shooting in the 1000 block of NE Stephens Street in Roseburg. Initial reports were that a male shot several people at that location. Police Officers from the Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and Oregon State Police responded to the scene. Emergency personnel from the Roseburg Fire Department and ambulance services also responded to the scene.
One of the reporting parties was an off duty Roseburg Police Sergeant who happened to be at a business across the street from the shooting. That Sergeant stayed in contact with Dispatch personnel and on duty officers to apprise them of information regarding the suspect’s movement and actions. Approximately 2 minutes from the start of the incident, the suspect crossed the road into the Ok’s Auto Supply parking lot and the off duty officer tackled the suspect to the ground. The suspect was restrained until on duty officers arrived and took him into custody.
During the subsequent investigation it was learned that three people were injured during the shooting. A 36 year old male died of his injuries on scene. A 44 year old female, and another 40 year old female also appeared to have gunshot injuries. Both females were transported to Mercy via ambulance for treatment. The 44 year old female was later transported to Riverbend Hospital in Springfield, and eventually to OHSU in Portland. She is being treated for life threatening injuries at this time. The 40 year old female received significant injuries, but they are non-life-threatening.
The suspect, 33 year old Devin Lee McNamara of Roseburg was treated at Mercy and was later lodged at Douglas County Corrections on the charges of Murder II and two counts of Assault in the First Degree. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and is continuing this investigation. Names of the victims are not being released at this time until next of kin can be notified.
On January 29th, 2021 an elderly couple from Roseburg were dining at a restaurant in town, and when they left, the husband’s wallet was left behind. They didn’t discover the wallet was missing until they drove to another location. By the time they called the restaurant, employees were unable to locate it.
Within a very short period of time, the gentleman discovered his credit and debit cards had already been used to charge over $3,000 worth of charges at several Roseburg area businesses before he had been able to cancel them.
The Roseburg Police Officer who was assigned the case started working with different businesses and loss prevention staff to try and identify potential suspects. Through his efforts, he identified a suspect vehicle, which he recognized from dealing with a particular person previously. From that knowledge he was eventually able to identify several suspects who were involved in the case.
On February 4th, 2021 one of the suspects was found to be staying at the Days Inn Motel in Roseburg. The officer applied for a search warrant, which was granted, and served the warrant at that motel room. Property belonging to the victim was recovered during the service of that warrant. Officers discovered evidence of other potential thefts from other people, and officers are continuing the investigation into those potential thefts.
The resident of the room, 38 year-old Joseph Blake Cramer of Roseburg, was charged with the following crimes related to this incident:
Theft in the First Degree, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Identity Theft, and Computer Crime. Cramer also had warrants for his arrest for a Parole Violation and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Cramer was lodged at Douglas County Corrections.
26 year-old Robi Mae Cockrum, also of Roseburg was implicated in the case and was charged with the following crimes on January 31st, 2021:
Theft in the Second Degree, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Identity Theft, and Computer Crime.
The Roseburg Police Department will be participating in a safety belt enforcement blitz from February 3rd through February 14th, 2021. Our ability to participate in this focused event is due to grant funds we received through Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation - Transportation Safety Division. The focus of this enforcement event will be for safety belt usage and proper use of child safety restraints.
Step Up and Remind People to Buckle Up
- From February 2-14, 2021, State and local law enforcement agencies across the Nation are stepping up their enforcement efforts for motorists who aren’t wearing their seat belts.
Face the Facts
- The national seat belt use rate in 2019 was 90.7 percent, which is good—but we can do better. The other 9.3 percent still need to be reminded that seat belts save lives.
- Among young adults 18 to 34 killed in crashes in 2018, more than half (58%) were completely unrestrained—one of the highest percentages for all age groups.
- Men make up the majority of those killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes. In 2018, 65 percent of the 22,697 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed were men. Men also wear their seat belts at a lower rate than women do—52 percent of men killed in crashes were unrestrained, compared to 39 percent of women killed in crashes.
Bust the Myths
- Vehicle type: There seems to be a misconception among those who drive and ride in pickup trucks that their large vehicles will protect them better than other vehicles would in a crash. The numbers say otherwise: 59 percent of pickup truck occupants who were killed in 2018 were not buckled. That’s compared to 42 percent of passenger car occupants who were not wearing seat belts when they were killed. Regardless of vehicle type, seat belt use is the single most effective way to stay alive in a crash.
- Seating position: Too many people wrongly believe they are safe in the back seat unrestrained. Forty-six percent of all front-seat passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in 2018 were unrestrained, but 56 percent of those killed in back seats were unrestrained.
- Rural versus urban locations: People who live in rural areas might believe that their crash exposure is lower, but in 2018, there were 12,068 passenger vehicle fatalities in rural locations, compared to 10,330 fatalities in urban locations. Out of those fatalities, 49 percent of those killed in the rural locations were not wearing their seat belts, compared to 45 percent in urban locations.
Click It or Ticket—Day and Night
- High-visibility seat belt enforcement is important 24 hours a day, but nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. In 2018, 56 percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed at night (6 p.m.–5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts.
- Click It or Ticket isn’t about citations; it’s about saving lives. In 2018, there were 9,778 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes in the United States. To help prevent crash fatalities, we need to step up seat belt enforcement, day and night.
Learn more about the Click It or Ticket mobilization at www.nhtsa.gov/ciot.
In this earlier release we indicated the decedent was released to the custody of the Medical Examiner. For clarification purposes the appropriate title is the Douglas County Medicolegal Death Investigator. A Medicolegal Death Investigator investigates deaths, they do not determine cause and manner of death. Cause and manner of death is determined by the Chief Medical Examiner or a Deputy State Medical Examiner, who is a licensed physician.
On January 25th, 2021 just after 3:30 PM, Roseburg Police Officers and other emergency services personnel responded to the Umpqua River behind Gaddis Park in Roseburg. A passerby reported seeing a body floating in the river in that area. Officers located an adult female, deceased, floating face-down in approximately 3 feet of water.
The Douglas County Medical Examiner was contacted and responded to the scene. During the investigation the decedent was identified as a 37 year old female from Glendale, Oregon. Her family was contacted and they advised they hadn't seen or heard from her in 4-6 weeks. They further said she had some health issues and was living a transient lifestyle.
Investigators did not observe any signs of foul play and the medical examiner took custody of the decedent.
On Wednesday, January 20th, 2021 the U-Haul store in Roseburg reported one of their rental vans was stolen. Surveillence video from U-Haul showed the van was stolen in the early morning of 1/16/2021, just after 0300 hours. On January 20th the van was entered into the criminal justice system as stolen.
On January 18th, 2021 the Roseburg Police Department investigated an incident in which a male and female, driving a U-Haul van, tried to break into an ATM at Oregon Pacific Bank in Roseburg. They were unsuccessful, but caused damage to the ATM before driving away. At that time the van had not yet been reported stolen by U-Haul.
On January 21st, 2021 the Eugene Police Department located the stolen U-Haul in their jurisdiction. They surveilled the van until they saw a male and female return to it. Those two people were arrested without incident, and the Roseburg Police Department was contacted regarding the stolen van being recovered. Through the following investigation the two people were positively identified as the same people who tried damaging the ATM on January 18th in Roseburg.
The suspects were identified as 44 year old Jeffrey Scott DeWeese and 37 year old Angela Sue Carpenter, both of Roseburg. They were both charged with Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Attempting to Commit a Class C Felony and were lodged in Lane County Corrections. DeWeese and Carpenter were also identified as suspects in several cases in Lane County.
We had the great honor today of wishing a happy birthday to a special Roseburg resident. We were told that John Couch is turning 100 years old tomorrow, January 14th.
Mr. Couch is a World War II veteran and is currently living at Bridgewood Rivers Assisted Living in Roseburg. We had a vehicle processional with representatives from the Roseburg Police Department, Roseburg Fire Department, Oregon Army National Guard's Charlie Company, and several of Couch's friends.
Happy Birthday Mr. Couch! Congratulations, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your service to our great Country!
On Friday, January 8th, 2021 around 11:48 AM, Douglas County Communications received a call of an adult male found laying in the Umpqua River near Gaddis Park in Roseburg. The male was reported to be unresponsive, and the people that found him believed he was deceased.
EMS personnel and Roseburg Police Officers responded to the area and the male was confirmed deceased. The Douglas County Medical Examiner and Roseburg Police Detectives assisted with the investigation. There were no obvious signs of foul play. During the investigation it was discovered the male was currently living a transient lifestyle and had been hanging around in that area the past few days. He was positively identified as a 48 year old male from Roseburg.
As this is a death investigation, no further details regarding the incident will be released.
During 2020, Roseburg Police Detectives worked two separate cases involving sexual abuse allegations. Although completely unrelated, both cases involved the adult male suspect sexually abusing minor female victims who were known to them. Both men have been convicted and sentenced to prison for their crimes.
65 year old Glen Jay Essig of Roseburg was convicted of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a Measure 11 offense, and was sentenced to 75 months in Oregon State prison.
62 year old Lawrence Walter Jackson, also of Roseburg was convicted of Sodomy in the First Degree and Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, both of which are Measure 11 offenses. He was sentenced to 150 months in Oregon State prison.
During the period between December 16th, 2020 and January 2nd, 2021 the Roseburg Police Department participated in a nationwide event to focus on apprehending impaired drivers. Through grant funding made available from Oregon Impact and the Oregon Department of Transportation, there were additional officers working to focus specifically on apprehending impaired drivers. During that approximate two week period 3 people were arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired and 3 people were cited for driving while suspended.
On Tuesday, January 4th, 2021 around 11:10 AM, Roseburg Police, Roseburg Fire and other EMS personnel responded to a single vehicle accident in the 1900 block of Airport Road in Roseburg.
Witnesses said a black 1990 Toyota pickup, towing a flatbed trailer with another Toyota pickup on it, was pulling onto Airport Road from a side street. Witnesses said the pickup accelerated suddenly, going straight across Airport Road, into the ditch and across the railroad tracks before stopping short of the airport fencing as the trailer got stuck on the railroad tracks. Ambulance crews provided emergency care to the driver, a 49 year old male of Roseburg. The male was transported to Mercy Hospital via ambulance, and was later pronounced deceased.
Based on statements from people who had contact with him just prior to the accident, and the circumstances of the accident, it appears he was having a severe medical problem, which is what led to the accident. He had no obvious injuries and it appears his death was unrelated to the accident.
There was no property damage and the vehicle was removed by Roseburg Towing.
This holiday season, the Roseburg Police Department is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the national Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving drunk-driving-awareness campaign to help keep impaired drivers off the road. During the month of December there will be officers working additional shifts, specifically to focus on stopping impaired drivers. These extra shifts were made available through a grant from ODOT and Oregon Impact. While the end of the year brings about the merriment of the holiday season, we want to make sure Americans are safe on the roads, traveling to and from parties and vacation destinations. If you plan to go out and include alcohol in your celebration, make sure you refrain from driving. Review these facts and spread the word about the dangers of drunk driving.
Buzzed Driving: The Sobering Statistics
• According to NHTSA, 839 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver in December 2018.
• During the Christmas and New Year’s Day holiday periods in 2018 alone, there were more drunk-driving-related fatalities (285) than during any other holiday period that year.
• Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involved drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] at or above .08). In 2018, there were 10,511 people killed in drunk-driving crashes.
• Nationally, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, except in Utah where it is illegal to drive with a BAC of .05 or higher.
• Of the traffic fatalities in 2018 among children 14 and younger, 22% (231) occurred in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes.
• Despite the fact that it’s illegal to drive when impaired by alcohol, in 2018, one person was killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver on our nation’s roads.
• Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk when involved in fatal crashes. In 2018, 21% of males were drunk, compared to 14% of females.
• In 2018, motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than any other type of motor vehicle driver (25% for motorcycle riders, 21% for passenger car drivers, 19% for light-truck drivers, and 3% for drivers of large trucks).
The Cost of Drunk Driving
• On average, a DUI can set you back $10,000 in attorney’s fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work, higher insurance rates, car towing, and more.
• The financial impact from impaired-driving crashes is devastating. Based on 2010 numbers (the most recent year for which cost data is available), impaired-driving crashes cost the United States $44 billion annually.
• If you’re caught drinking and driving, you can face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment.
• Drinking and driving can cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle. This could inhibit you from getting to work, resulting in lost wages and, potentially, job loss.
Celebrate with a Plan
Always remember to plan ahead if you will be celebrating. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously and do not consume alcohol, not even one drink.
• Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the police.
• Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
On Saturday, November 21st, 2020 around 2:30 PM, emergency personnel responded to a vehicle collision on NW Edenbower at NW Broad in Roseburg. It was reported that a motorcycle was driving southbound on Edenbower and collided with a Honda CRV that was turning from Broad Street onto Edenbower.
The operator of the motorcyle was ejected and trapped partially underneath the Honda. The male, 38 year old John Hillebrand of Dallas, Oregon was extricated from the vehicle by Roseburg Fire Department personnel, and was transported to Mercy via ambulance for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Hillebrand was later transported to Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland for further care. On Sunday, November 22nd, Hillebrand's family advised investigating officers that Hillebrand died of his injuries.
As is standard with a vehicle collision involving the potential for fatality, the Roseburg Police Department had a reconstructionist investigate the accident. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office assisted with this portion of the investigation. The driver of the Honda, 68 year old Patsy Stewart of Roseburg, was not injured, and she is cooperating fully with the investigation.
At this time there is no evidence to believe impairment was a factor in this collision.