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West Linn shooting bursts man's eardrum

Salem man arrested in connection with March 12 incident


A shooting at 4980 Summit St. in West Linn on March 12 resulted in one arrest and a minor injury.

West Linn police arrested Salem resident Vanndy Yem, 42, on suspicion of second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.by: CLACKAMAS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE - YEM

The incident occurred around 3 p.m. at a vacant house under construction.

According to police, Yem and the victim, 28-year-old Jeff Hall, of Beaverton, are estranged friends. They were engaged in a heated argument at the house when Yem shot his gun near Hall’s head but did not hit him.

Police said Yem was visiting a friend at the residence and Hall was there to discuss a business opportunity with the person, who was a mutual acquaintance.

Later that evening Hall was treated at St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland for a burst eardrum and the incident was reported to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff's deputies determined the event occurred in West Linn and contacted the West Linn Police Department.

Yem was arrested in Salem as he drove to the Salem Police Department to make a report concerning the argument he had with Hall.

According to West Linn Officer Mike Francis, search warrants were served in both Salem and West Linn by West Linn police with the assistance of law enforcement officials from the Canby, Milwaukie and Salem police departments, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office and Clackamas County District Attorney's Office.

Yem is being held at Clackamas County Jail on a $265,000 bond. Yem has no prior criminal history, but Hall does, according to Francis.

Though the incident was heard by several residents in the area, no one called the police.

“This incident serves as a stark reminder to be vigilant and report suspicious activity when it occurs,” West Linn Police Chief Terry Timeus said.



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