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Pair arrested after shooting near corrections center

Two Aloha men have been arrested in association with a gang-related shooting just outside the Washington County Community Corrections Center in Hillsboro Oct. 28.

Miguel Angel Cruz, 18, was arrested Oct. 30, and Manuel Jesus Lopez Jr., 20, was arrested Oct. 31 on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering. Cruz was also charged with hindering prosecution.

On the evening of Oct. 28, sheriff’s deputies and Washington County Community Corrections Center (CCC) staff heard one distinctive gun shot that sounded like it originated from Southwest Adams Avenue between the sheriff’s office and the CCC in Hillsboro.

Investigators obtained information that a dark colored vehicle had picked up Lopez moments before the gunshot. Lopez had been released from the Washington County Jail less than an hour earlier. Witnesses reported the gun was fired from the vehicle, possibly toward two men who were in front of the CCC. Lopez was lodged in the Washington County Jail and is being held on $100,000 bail. Cruz was held on $10,000 bail and was subsequently released. Additional charges may be filed against the pair as the investigation continues.

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