Hood River shooting suspect in custody and identified

2/3/23 11:02 update:

On February 2, 2023 Hood River Police Officers responded to a call of a man who demanded Police response for what he referred to as a dangerous situation that had potential to escalate.  When Police arrived to meet with the man he explained his son, identified as Simeon Hill, 42, of Hood River, was a combat veteran with access to multiple firearms. The man also advised the officers Simeon had fired a gun in their residence shortly before Police arrived. 

As Officers were speaking with the father they heard several gun shots being fired from the area of Hill’s residence, located at 2510 Viento Ln.  When Officers moved in closer to the residence they could hear several more shots being fired from the residence.  Officers reported shots being fired over their head in the direction of nearby businesses. 

Law enforcement evacuated businesses and residences in the area of 20th & Cascade Ave. to Rand & Cascade Ave.  The Oregon State Police and Clackamas County SWAT responded to assist local law enforcement. After several hours of negotiating, Hill emerged from his residence and surrendered to Police.  Hill was taken into custody and ultimately transported to a medical facility.  Several firearms and ammunition were seized from Hill’s residence.  This case will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office for charges including Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Reckless Endangering and Disorderly Conduct. 

The Hood River Police Department would like to thank our regional law enforcement partners, which include Hood River Sheriff’s Office, Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Bingen-White Salmon Police Department, The Dalles Police Department, Skamania County Sheriff’s Office, Columbia River Inter-tribal Fisheries Enforcement, Northern Oregon Regional Tactical Response Team (NORTAC), Oregon State Police, and Hood River Fire & EMS.  We would also like to thank the Hood River Public Works, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Columbia Area Transit (CAT). 

2/2/23 9:55 pm update:

• Hood River Fire & EMS – UPDATE: Hood River Police Department has taken a male safely into custody. With the help and support of multiple surrounding Law Enforcement Agencies, HRPD was able to bring this incident to a close. Residents who live in the affected area and were asked to evacuate can now return to their homes.

Situations such as today’s incident are often complex, fluid, and exhausting. HRPD thanks everyone for your patience and cooperation today. A press release with more information will be provided tomorrow, February 3rd.

2/2/23

HOOD RIVER, Ore. (AP) — Gunshots broke out as police responded to a call at a home in the scenic vacation town of Hood River, Oregon, prompting an hourslong lockdown of schools and businesses Thursday.

The suspect was in a house surrounded by law enforcement as of 2:30 p.m., the Hood River Police Department said, adding that only nearby residents needed to remain indoors.

Officers had responded around 12:40 p.m. to a call about a “dangerous situation” in a residence and when they tried to make contact, a person in the house fired multiple gunshots. It wasn’t immediately clear if he was shooting at the officers.

Police haven’t said if anyone was injured. Multiple agencies were at the home assisting police.

Hood River is a city of about 8,000 on a bluff over the Columbia River, about an hour east of Portland, Oregon. It’s known for as a mecca for windsurfing and kiteboarding, wineries, fruit orchards and beautiful scenery in the Columbia River Gorge. It is also near Mount Hood, and many visit the area for skiing.

The home is near a Dairy Queen and near several large stores, including a Walmart and a supermarket.

An employee at the Dairy Queen told KGW-TV by phone that the restaurant was shut down and the area was being evacuated. Staff at the nearby Lone Pine Motel told the television station that police said they were working to locate a shooter. Staff at the Hair & Nail Studio said police told them to lock their doors and stay inside.

The Hood River School District said at about 2 p.m. that lockdowns at nearby schools were lifted because “law enforcement agencies located and surrounded the suspect.”