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Prineville man shot multiple times by Clark County sheriff’s deputies in Salmon Creek, says medical examiner

41-year-old Oregon man died in Saturday shooting after reportedly carjacking someone at gunpoint

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: April 17, 2024, 10:38am

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office identified a Central Oregon man as the person fatally shot by Clark County sheriff’s deputies Saturday in Salmon Creek.

Benjamin Steven Woods, 41, of Prineville, Ore., died from multiple gunshot wounds, the medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.

Four deputies were placed on critical incident leave, which is standard protocol. Their names will be released by the Southwest Washington Independent Investigation Team, led by the Vancouver Police Department, which is investigating the shooting.

Deputies responded at 10:38 a.m. to a reported carjacking in the 9200 block of Northeast 15th Avenue in Hazel Dell, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A man was fatally shot by Clark County sheriff's deputies inside the American Legion hall in Salmon Creek on April 13, 2024. Map

The victim told deputies a man armed with a handgun and a woman stole his van. About 15 minutes later, deputies were dispatched to a store at 14300 N.E 20th Ave., in Salmon Creek, where witnesses reported a man and woman had attempted to carjack another vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

Deputies found the stolen van from the Hazel Dell carjacking behind the American Legion, 14011 N.E. 20th Ave. Deputies saw the man suspected in the carjackings go into the building. They found him inside and shot him, according to the sheriff’s office.

He died at the scene. No deputies were injured.

Deputies later arrested the woman, identified as Lyndsey Dawn Jones, 42, about 3 p.m. in the 2100 block of Northeast 144th Street, according to court records.

A homeowner in that area said he found Jones hiding in his garage. The homeowner called 911 and followed Jones to the parking lot of a nearby business, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

She is being held at the Clark County Jail on suspicion of residential burglary. Her bail was set at $2,500, and she is scheduled to be arraigned April 29.