Yvette Garcia shot Gladstone Police Sergeant who agreed to help her secure her pit bulls.
Yvette Lares Garcia, 37, pleaded guilty to shooting Gladstone Police Sgt. Travis Hill at her Happy Valley home during a wellness check she requested for her dogs as he headed to jail. Hill had arrested Garcia in November 2021 after police said they saw her commit a traffic offense in the town of Gladstone.
On. On October 12, Clackamas County Circuit Judge Cody M. Weston sentenced Garcia to 10 years in prison, the maximum sentence allowed for attempted aggravated murder under Oregon law. She is also required to pay Hill a compensatory fine of $50,000 for injuries that caused permanent harm; he has since left the law enforcement profession.
During the traffic stop, Gladstone officers discovered that Garcia had active arrest warrants on charges of embezzling more than $1 million in Texas, where she is now at risk of being extradited for further prosecution. Before heading to Clackamas County Jail, Garcia asked Hill and Gladstone officer Clement Lau to stop by her home to check on her dogs, identified as “full or partial American Staffordshire terriers.” in court documents.
American Staffordshire terriers are also known as pit bulls, which have been subject to various exclusion regulations in jurisdictions across the country based on the perception that these dogs originally bred for fighting are more violent or aggressive than other types of dog breeds.
In court papers, Garcia’s defense attorney Michael Romano asked the judge to exclude evidence or any questions from prosecutors about the breed of Garcia’s dogs, which Romano said could lead to speculation. erroneous on the propensity to aggression or violence on the part of dogs or their owners. .
Clackamas County prosecutors responded that the breed of Garcia’s dogs might come up during cross-examination during the trial, but the prosecution declined to withhold evidence about how Garcia told Hill she would not return. not in jail just before shooting him, hitting him in the bottom. leg and brushing his arm.
The two officers then exchanged gunfire with Garcia. Although both officers repeatedly yelled at Garcia to drop her gun, she refused, according to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office. One of Garcia’s bullets hit just above the garage door where Lau was hiding.
Garcia was hit several times in the chest. Lau was untouched. When other officers arrived, they immediately rescued Garcia and Hill until an ambulance arrived.
Gladstone officers had agreed to stop at Garcia’s Happy Valley residence on the way to the jail to secure the dogs for Clackamas County Dog Check.
At the residence, still handcuffed, Garcia joined officers as they entered the home to help with the dogs. Lau tied one dog on a leash, but the other dog ran upstairs. Hill and Garcia went upstairs to secure the second dog, while Lau remained in the garage, according to the Clackamas County District Attorney’s account of events.
Hill discovered that the second dog was in Garcia’s bedroom. Garcia stood on one side of the bed as Sgt. Hill moved to the foot of the bed to coax the dog onto a leash. Just before shooting the officer, Garcia took Hill’s attention away for a moment, and when he looked back, Garcia was holding a 9mm semi-automatic handgun in his hands, presumably having retrieved it. on a nearby bedside table.
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