Police arrest suspect in Klamath Falls double shooting investigation

First responders found two people with gunshot wounds along a street in the Altamont neighborhood late last month.

Posted: Mar 2, 2020 3:01 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2020 2:59 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Police have arrested a man originally identified as a "person of interest" connected to a double shooting late last month in the Altamont area.

Dispatch received a call just before midnight on Friday, February 28, reporting an assault with "shots fired" in the 2400-block of Summers Lane. The Sheriff's Office later clarified that this happened near the Plaza Manor mobile home park.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they found two people with gunshot wounds. The deputies started giving first aid until paramedics from Klamath County Fire District 1 arrived at the scene to take the two injured people to Sky Lakes Medical Center.

KCSO did not provide further information about the shooting at the time, but made several statements regarding the lack of details at this point in the investigation.

"This incident is not related to any other recent incidents in our area and the general public is not in any further danger," the agency said. "Due to the sensitivity of certain elements of the investigation KCSO is not providing any further information at this time. We will provide further information when investigators determine it is appropriate to do so."

The Sheriff's Office later put out a new statement identifying 29-year-old Christian Rogelio Pena as a person of interest in the case.

"The public is urged to exercise caution and to not approach Pena and to call the KCSO tip line at 541-850-5380 or 911 immediately if they know his whereabouts," the Sheriff's Office said.

On Thursday, the Sheriff's Office said that Pena had been taken into custody by Klamath Falls Police. Officers were out investigating in Klamath Falls around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday morning after reports of several alarms going off in the area. The investigation led them to stop a "suspicious vehicle" near S 6th Street and Madison Way.

The officers identified Pena in the vehicle and took him into custody. He has been charged with two counts of Attempted Murder, two counts of Assault I, six counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, six counts of Recklessly Endangering, Felon in Possession of a Weapon, two counts of Attempt to Commit a Crime, and several parole violations.

“We are thankful for the great cooperation we have with Klamath Falls Police Department," said Sheriff Chris Kaber. "It is these renewed relationships with various partners across the county and the region that help improve the safety of all Klamath County residents.”

There were multiple shootings in the Klamath Falls area within the same week as the Summers Lane shooting. The suspect in a shooting on Carlon Way was later arrested, but there has been no further information released in a shooting out on Bedfield Cemetery Road.

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