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Trial continues in fatal shooting of Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown

By , Columbian staff reporter

Several law enforcement officers testified Monday in the aggravated murder trial of the Salem, Ore., man accused of fatally shooting Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Jeremy Brown.

Guillermo Raya Leon, 28, is also charged in Clark County Superior Court with first-degree trafficking in stolen property, first-degree burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm. He is claiming self-defense in the shooting.

Jurors heard testimony about the investigation and surveillance leading up to the July 23, 2021, shooting. Several officers testified about chasing Guillermo Raya Leon; his brother, Abran Raya Leon, 30; and Abran Raya Leon’s wife, Misty Raya, 37, from a Castle Rock motel that morning south to a Portland shopping center. They also described losing the trio in traffic on Interstate 5 and later finding them at the east Vancouver apartment complex where the shooting took place.

Prosecutors showed videos of calls between Abran Raya Leon and Misty Raya while he was housed in the Clackamas County Jail in Oregon. Guillermo Raya Leon could be seen in several videos with his sister-in-law, including one showing them at a Salem storage unit. A detective testified about executing a search warrant for that unit and finding eight stolen firearms.

Investigators say they were surveilling the trio in connection with a cache of stolen firearms when Guillermo Raya Leon fatally shot Brown.

His trial continues Tuesday with more state’s witnesses.

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