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Search for Cave Junction Shooting Suspect Leads to SWAT Siege

One day after wanted suspect Eddie Correia was shot in Cave Junction and hospitalized, police say they have a person of interest in the case.

Posted: Aug. 16, 2018 1:24 PM
Updated: Aug. 16, 2018 2:28 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. —

UPDATE: The search for Dillon Gomez, now a suspect in the shooting of wanted man Eddie Correia in Cave Junction, culminated in three arrests and the SWAT siege of an empty residence on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the Grants Pass Department of Safety (GPDPS), police officers received a tip that Gomez was seen at 1474 Blake Ct. in Grants Pass. Police obtained a search warrant for the address and prepared to go after Gomez.

Officers surrounded the house, believing that Gomez was in a living area above the garage. They asked any occupants to come outside, which several people did.

After the exit of those people, GPDPS says that the officers continued to hear "movement and activity" inside the house, and they believe that Gomez and possible other subjects were still inside. The officers continued a "loud hailing" of the individuals inside with no response.

At that point, the officers called in Grants Pass SWAT.

Once SWAT arrived on scene, several more attempts were made to get the subjects to come out of the location with no response, but the continued sounds of movement. SWAT then used  "diversion devices and chemical munitions to convince the subjects to come outside."

Eventually one male exited the house and was taken into custody. But officers believed that Gomez remained inside based on statements made by those who had exited.

Due to the length of time that SWAT remained on-scene, plus extreme heat and poor air quality, GPDPS says that the Oregon State Police (OSP) SWAT team was brought in to relieve the Grants Pass team.

Finally, OSP SWAT went inside the residence and did not find attempted murder suspect Gomez there. He remains at large.

33-year-old Megdelano Thomas Torres was arrested for failure-to-appear on a DUII charge in Medford, while 27-year-old Beau Joseph Burt and 24-year-old Amanda Nochole Gerken were arrested on violations of their probation.

The incident closed Redwood Avenue to traffic for about 12 hours, according to GPDPS.

Anyone with further information about the case is encouraged to contact GPDPS at 421-450-6260.

(Updated 8/16/18 at 1:18 p.m)


INITIAL REPORT: Investigators have identified a person of interest in the shooting of 34-year-old Eddie Joseph Correia Jr. in Cave Junction early Tuesday morning, according to the Oregon State Police (OSP).

Correia was wanted for a potentially "unrelated" assault in Wimer over the weekend, and seems to have been on the run from police.

Now police are looking to speak with Dillon James Gomez [pictured]. However, OSP says that anyone who spots Gomez should not attempt to contact or detain him, but instead call 911 or OSP Southern Command Center at 541-776-6111.

On Saturday, Eddie Correia reportedly attempted to flee the Wimer area after joining in the assault of 19-year-old man in a store parking lot, reportedly "pistol whipping" the younger man. Deputies then found Correia's abandoned vehicle after arresting two other suspects.

The next time Correia resurfaced was when OSP troopers responded to reports of a shooting in Cave Junction. The victim was Correia, and emergency personnel transported him to a hospital in Medford. His condition is unknown at this time.

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