Police Chase Murder Suspect to Woodburn
Story by by Sandy Kromeir - The Oregon Herald
The suspect has been identified as Camilo Santiago-Santiago, 25, of Woodburn, He then fled the scene in a red sedan, traveling southbound towards Woodburn.
Santiago-Santiago had recently been fired from Heritage Specialty Foods, and the victim -- Carl Hellinger, 36, of Portland -- was a manager at Heritage Specialty Foods.
A Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy on patrol spotted the suspect vehicle and initiated a pursuit. The MCSO deputy was soon joined in the pursuit by personnel from multiple law-enforcement agencies, including the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and CCSO deputies contracted to Wilsonville PD.
The pursuit continued to Woodburn, coming to a stop on a dead-end street at Woodland Avenue at Senecal Creek Drive. A standoff began as Santiago-Santiago barricaded himself in the red sedan.
Clackamas County SWAT was training in Wilsonville that morning, and quickly deployed to the scene, as did Marion County's SWAT team. Salem PD also deployed an armored vehicle to the standoff. In short order, armored vehicles from multiple agencies had surrounded and pinned in Santiago-Santiago's vehicle.
The standoff continued from approximately 8:50 to 9:30 a.m. At times during the standoff, Santiago-Santiago yelled at law enforcement to shoot him. Finally, Santiago-Santiago exited the vehicle with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody by tactical team members.
When Santiago-Santiago was taken into custody he had a pistol in his waistband. Authorities located two other firearms in the car.
At this writing, Camilio Santiago-Santiago is in custody, being interviewed by detectives. He will be booked into Clackamas County Jail on charges of Murder II and Felon in Possession of a Weapon. Detectives and CSI technicians are currently at the crime scene collecting and processing evidence and conducting interviews.