Security camera footage leads to arrest of suspects who shot into vehicle parked in front of man's home

Three men were arrested Wednesday, Feb. 14 for attempted murder, attempted assault and unlawful use of a weapon, among other charges, for allegedly firing gunshots into a parked vehicle in Clatskanie the month prior.

On Jan. 20, Columbia County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a parked car that had been shot at several times.

Ronald Thompson, 62, of Clatskanie said his vehicle was shot up while it was parked in front of his house.

He provided a suspect description, but it was ultimately security camera footage from Thompson's neighbors that helped investigators get an idea of what the suspect vehicle looked like.

Based on the vehicle description, investigators narrowed down Seth Makinson, 21, Tyson Lorentson, 21 and Trask Hill, 20, all from Clatskanie as potential suspects, according to a news release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

On Jan. 28, eight days after the initial report, sheriff's deputies, with help from police in Scappoose, Rainier and Oregon State Police, served a search warrant on the suspects' home in Clatskanie.

"During the search warrant, Deputies seized several firearms, including the firearm used in the shooting," the release states.


The following month, on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Hill, Lorentson and Makinson were each indicted by a grand jury. They were arrested the following day.

Makinson faces charges of attempted murder, attempted assault with a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal mischief, menacing, and recklessly endangering another person. His bail was set at $176,000.

Lorentson faces the same charges, but was also charged with possession of cocaine.

Hill was booked on attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal mischief, menacing, recklessly endangering another, and possession and delivery of cocaine. His bail is set at $205,625.

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