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Apr-21-2007 16:11printcomments

Oregon Man Killed by Police After Taking Infant Hostage

The 11-month-old was not hurt in the incident.

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(KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. ) - Klamath Falls police shot and killed a man Friday night after he had taken an 11-month-old infant hostage.

Police say 27-year-old Jesse Lee Johnson, told officers he was drunk and high on meth, and was going to kill the boy with a knife.

After negotiating with the man for about a half an hour, Johnson walked out of the home with a knife to the baby’s throat.

A Klamath Falls policeman shot Johnson in the head. He later died at the hospital. The infant was not injured in the incident.

The officer was placed on leave, while the shooting is under investigation by the Klamath County Major Crimes Team.




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dontuwannakno January 28, 2010 6:48 pm (Pacific time)

jesse was my stepbrother...


Rachelle Roberts April 24, 2007 12:34 pm (Pacific time)

i think the police could of talked them down if they tried beacuse a half hour of talking to him convicing him just dosnt seem a long enough time. i do feel bad for the offeicer who had to do that but he could have talked him down more. i dont think he would of killed his oun kid. speicialy sence he was my cousin.


rayme lacey April 22, 2007 9:48 am (Pacific time)

ifeel bad for the officer. it must be hard to be forced to take a life not to mention fire a wepon almost directly at a baby!


Osotan; April 21, 2007 6:14 pm (Pacific time)

two of the worst drugs available. This is obvious to anyone who can read. Meth is killer any way it's used and med technology give the addict seven years to self destruct unless circumstances intervene as in this article. Talk to the marijuana doctor and learn to play guitar.


Albert Marnell April 21, 2007 6:09 pm (Pacific time)

From information given, the police did the right thing.

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