Saturday, February 18, 2012

Suspect arrested in Astoria Police shooting

Official News Release from the Clatsop County District Attorneys Office, February 17, 2012, approximately 3:30pm.


Detectives of the Oregon State Police have arrested 37-year-old Yevgeniy Pavlovich Savinskiy of Washougal, Washington on an Information filed in Clatsop County Circuit Court. He is being charged with 13 counts including two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder, two counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree, Felony Attempt to Elude, Identity Theft, and Attempted Possession of a Firearm Silencer, Attempted Possession of a Destructive Device and five counts of Recklessly Endangering Another Person. The first 6 counts are felonies, carrying sentences ranging from 5 to 20 years in prison, and the last 7 charges are misdemeanors carrying a possible one year jail sentence. The first two counts are Measure 11 allegations, carrying a 10-year mandatory prison terms if convicted.

Savinskiy had just been released from a Portland hospital where he had been treated for gunshot wounds in his wrist and shoulder resulting from a confrontation with Astoria Police in the early evening of Sunday, February 12.  Astoria Police had gone to the Lamplighter Motel on Marine Drive in Astoria when hotel staff had become concerned about items in a room they had found. Police found what appeared to be a silencer - a device that is illegal without a special permit from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. Officers asked hotel staff to notify them if the man, who had checked in under another name, returned. He returned about 5:30 pm Sunday evening.

When uniformed officers attempted to contact him, he met them at the door of his room by pointing a loaded handgun at them. Two officers fired several rounds, at least two of which struck Savinskiy. Although bleeding profusely, Savinskiy got into a silver Chrysler van, rented under yet another name at Portland International Airport, and took officers from several Clatsop County Police Agencies on a high speed chase down US Highway 101 at speeds up to 110 mph. Sheriff's Deputies and an Astoria Police Sergeant deployed spike strips and used a tactical maneuver with a police car to stop the van near the junction of US Highways 101 and 26. Savinskiy was taken into custody there without further incident and transported by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital where he was stabilized before being transported to a Portland trauma center.

The investigation, directed by an Oregon State Police detective and aided by members of the Clatsop County Major Crime Team - made up of officers from all the police agencies in the county and agents from several federal law enforcement organizations, continue to conduct an investigation into both the shooting and possible crimes by Savinskiy. A search warrant yielded an assault rifle that matched the same ammunition found earlier Sunday by Astoria Police and numerous other items.

Savinskiy told police he was in business and carried a gun to protect himself because he had received death threats. Court records show that Savinskiy and a company, believed to be associated with him, are being sued for approximately $8 million dollars. Police have information that former customers are looking for Savinskiy. Since the suspect used several different names and expressed concern for his safety, authorities were reluctant to release his identity while he was still in the hospital.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Clatsop County Circuit Court on Tuesday, February 21 at 1:15 pm in Courtroom 300 (NOTE: Requests for camera access needs to be addressed to the Clatsop County Circuit Court at 503-325-8555). It is expected that a Grand Jury will consider charges against Savinskiy sometime next week and if Indicted he would be arraigned again.

At this time security is set at $10,000,000.00. Under Oregon law that requires the posting of one-tenth of that amount ($1 million) in cash.

For further information contact the Clatsop County District Attorney.


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