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Update: Names released in Thursday shooting

Photo Credit: JAIME VALDEZ - Police investigate a shooting in the 17900 block of Cereghino Lane, in SherwoodSherwood Police said an apparent murder-suicide in Sherwood a few blocks from Edy Ridge Elementary School early Thanksgiving morning was likely sparked by a domestic dispute. The shooter, identified by police as James Paul, 46, apparently shot and killed Tonya Davis, 42. Another woman, Tina Flock, 43, is recovering from non-life-threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Police were called to a house in the 1700 block of Cereghino Lane shortly after midnight Thursday on reports of a shooting.

According to Sherwood police, Paul opened fire inside the home at about 12:30 a.m., killing Davis, injuring Flock and then apparently turning the gun on himself.

Flock ran from the home to a neighbor’s house and called 911. She sustained a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said, and was taken via ambulance to a nearby hospital.

The Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team arrived, along with a crisis negotiator and several officers from neighboring police agencies. Police evacuated nearby homes using a TriMet bus.

      Flock told police Paul and Davis were still inside the home. Unsure whether Paul was alive or dead, negotiators attempted to contact him for hours and eventually used a robot to search the home.

Brian Houk, president of the neighbhorhood homeowners association, lives less a block away from where the shooting occurred. He told The Times the SWAT team used concussion and flash grenades several times during the stand off. The blasts were heard for several blocks.

“It went on all night. It was bullhorn city, and then this big ‘boom.’ I was in bed and thought something blew up in my garage,” Houk said. “I came out to see what the commotion was, and a policeman said, ‘We have people dead, please get back into your house.’”

SWAT teams entered the home at about 6 a.m., when they discovered the two bodies.

Police said all three individuals knew each other, and Paul and Davis were living together in the home.

Well into Thursday afternoon, police and crime scene investigators could be seen in and around the house. A large front window was blown out and part of a side fence toppled.

It’s a quiet neighborhood, Houk said. The only complaint residents have are local motorists speeding up and down nearby Southwest Handley Street.

The investigation into this case continues. The Washington County Major Crimes Team is leading the investigation.A crime scene investigator take photos at an apparent murder/suicide in Sherwood, Thanksgiving morning.

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