Local Deputies Extremely Outnumbered During Riot in Jefferson

(JEFFERSON, Ore.) – Marion County Deputies responded to the Plantation Inn on 2nd Street in Jefferson Saturday at 1:30 a.m. over a report of a disorderly subject.

Lt. Sheila Lorance with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, says that when deputies arrived, they made contact with the suspect, 29-year old Ty Ryan Amaral of Salem.

“Amaral refused to comply with deputies and when advised he was under arrest he tried to pull away and was subsequently tazed.”

“Even after being tazed Amaral became combative with deputies and had to be tazed a second time before he was taken into custody,” Lorance said.

Deputies estimated there were 100 to 150 people inside the bar at the time of this incident and it appeared a number of them knew Amaral.

“They begin to yell at deputies to leave him alone and started closing in on them. Because the crowd continued to escalate and refused to comply with commands, deputies called for backup.”

However, people then started hitting and shoving the deputies from behind and because they were extremely outnumbered they called for a “Code 0”.

When a “Code 0” is requested it means a deputy or officer is in need of imminent assistance and all law enforcement agencies in the area respond as quickly as possible with as many officers/deputies as they are able to send.

In this case at least 32 officers, deputies and troopers responded from as far away as Silverton, and other agencies including Salem Police, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Angel Police, Keizer Police, Oregon State Police, Aumsville Police, Stayton Police, Turner Police and additional Marion County deputies.

Lorance says that until backup arrived, Deputies Matt Hagen, Aaron West and Reserve Deputy Kevin Compton along with Plantation Security, were able to move most of the crowd outside of the bar.

“However, they then started pounding on the doors and windows, yelling at the deputies inside and several people started fighting outside.”

“As the responding agencies begin to arrive they were able to break up the crowd and two other arrests were made. 34-year old Benedict Butler of Jefferson was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and 28-year old Colin Weddle of Tigard was also arrested for Disorderly Conduct and both were transported to the Marion County Jail.”

Lorance says Ty Amaral was arrested for Riot, Criminal Trespass II, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest and transported to the Marion County Jail.

“The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Law Enforcement agencies who assisted and responded so quickly to the deputies request for assistance. Deputy Matt Hagen reported they were extremely outnumbered and said there were several people in the crowd who tried to help by yelling at the others to stop.”

Hagen said Plantation Staff did an excellent job trying to help control the crowd and that things could have turned out a lot differently without the help of those agencies and everyone else who helped.

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