News Briefing on behalf of Douglas County Sheriff's Office:
Sheriff John Hanlin
12:00 p.m. briefing
My name is John Hanlin, and I am the Sheriff for Douglas County. I have a group of partners joining me to address a number of issues and details.
I will start with the investigation.
We are still in need of any tips, photos or videos that are relevant to the investigation. If you are unsure as to whether what you have is relevant, please go ahead and call and let us decide. The tip line is 1-800-CALL FBI. Again, that is 1-800-CALL-FBI. Choose option 7.
We have put together a basic timeline as to the events as they unfolded in the first hour of the incident. As you can see, officers responded immediately. The Roseburg Police Officers and an Oregon State Police trooper, were first on-scene arriving within five minutes.
Two minutes later the officers tell dispatch that they have engaged the shooter. Two minutes after that, dispatch reports "shooter down". You can see how things progressed beyond that.
This is a complex investigation with many different facets:
the shooting event at Umpqua Community College
the shooter's background, including how he obtained his weapons
the use of force by the initial responding officers-
To date, we have:
Run down hundreds of leads and Interviewed hundreds of people, including victims, witnesses, neighbors and others
Conducted searches at the school and residence as well as of the shooter's vehicle
Seized evidence from multiple locations including the weapons and ammunition; documents; and digital media. The Oregon State Police Crime Lab as well as the ATF and FBI Laboratories are all engaged in the effort to move forward with processing this evidence.
I want to let you know that investigators located one additional handgun during the search of the shooter's residence, bringing the total number of guns seized to 14.
Officer Involved Shooting Investigation
I have been asked to release the following information by Oregon State Police on behalf of the Oregon State Medical Examiner.
The Medical Examiner has determined the cause of death of the shooter to be suicide.
The Oregon State Police is conducting the investigation on the officer involved shooting.
Douglas County District Attorney Rick Wesenberg
As District Attorney for Douglas County, it is my responsibility to review all deadly force incidents to determine if the force used is justified under Oregon law. It is my understanding that the officer-involved shooting investigation being conducted by the Oregon State Police is nearing conclusion. I expect to be presented with the case early next week. Once I receive the case, I will do a thorough review and make a determination on whether the use of force was justified.
Roseburg Police Chief Jim Burge
Beyond this initial incident, we want to be very clear about the fact that there are NO current threats against any school or facility in our area. Saying that, I know that parents and students have concerns. In fact, we've had our own police officers and fire fighters answering questions from their spouses and children as to whether they are "safe". I am sure that other parents and students in the general community have the same concerns.
As we move into next week, I want to reassure you that Roseburg Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Office will continue to work to ensure your school is, indeed, safe.
Fire District 2 Chief Greg Marlar
My name is Greg Marlar and I am honored to say that I am the Fire Chief for Douglas County Fire District 2. Our community has been rocked by this horrendous act and I am proud of my community and the resiliency we have shown in the face of such tragedy.
Our Fire District is comprised of more than120 personnel. I knew we had some incredible people within our organization but the professionalism and strength of character I have witnessed in the last couple days has absolutely confirmed that fact.
Prior to this incident we have had several trainings specific to mass casualty incidents. I saw that work come to bear on the campus that day. Our crews response was immediate and robust. There is no doubt that the exceptional patient care and proficient use of lifesaving skills by first responders -- saved lives that day.
At the scene we had over 45 fire and ems responders, 5 chief officers, 4 engines companies and 10 paramedic ambulances. Our crews worked quickly to establish a triage system to identify critical patients. Crews provided advanced life support including airway protection, bleeding control and gun shot wound care. We then worked to arrange transport and quickly get patients to the appropriate care facility.
It was all hands on deck for our organization and their focus and dedication has made for an effective operation. We also are greatly appreciative of the law enforcement officers whose partnership allowed our crews to safely access and treat victims.
However, it was with great sadness that we learned that Firefighter Justin Anspach lost his son Treven Taylor Anspach and EMS Paramedic Brian McFadden lost his niece Becca Ann Carnes. I have been moved by how quickly our entire firefighting family has rallied, as it always does, to support these families.
I have been a part of emergency response for 32 years and I know that nothing can completely prepare you for the physical and mental toll an incident can have on any responder. Debriefings and support has been made available to all of our personnel and those that responded are now with their families and recovering. Please respect their privacy so they can spend time with their family and friends. If you have question regarding our organization I will be making myself available for interviews later today.
I haven't stopped thinking about the many other families that have experienced an unthinkable loss. The entire firefighting and ems community is praying for you during this difficult time.
We are also thinking of the nine injured, those are our patients and their full and speedy recovery is our utmost hope.
The direct support from agencies throughout the state has been incredible. We specifically appreciate the help and support of City of Roseburg Fire, Bay City Ambulance, Douglas County Sheriff's and City of Roseburg Police.
I want to end by saying that while we deal with this tragedy on two fronts, both as a community and within our Fire District, our stations are open and our crews are ready to serve our community. We are proud to serve and nothing or no one will deter us from that mission.
Vanessa Becker, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Umpqua Community College
Umpqua Community College is helping the healing process for the UCC community - coordinating supports for students, staff and faculty and planning to reopen campus.
Community partners have come together to provide mental health services to UCC students, faculty and staff.
Mental health professionals are offering no-cost grief sharing: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. through Sunday at the Ford Foundation, 1600 NW Stewart Parkway; and the Community Health Alliance, 201 Medical Loop, suite 180.
Beginning Monday, Oct. 5, grief sharing will be available on campus, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the campus cafeteria.
The Community Health Alliance is staffing a 24-hour hotline at 541-440-3532 or 800-866-9780.
Planning to re-open campus
Campus will reopen for students and staff at 7:30 a.m. on Monday Oct. 5, although classes and events will be cancelled.
Classes and events will resume Oct. 12.
The Greater Douglas United Way is accepting donations via text and online: http://www.gduway.org/UCCgive
The Umpqua Community College Foundation is accepting donations online and by mail: https://www.umpqua.edu/scholarships-donations
We strongly recommend that donors cast a careful eye when considering other funds, as some are not based at charitable organizations and might apply high administrative fees. Also, unfortunately, at times like these, there are unscrupulous people who will set up false accounts.
Community support: Community organizations are creating I am UCC, and UCC Strong, decals. As soon as they are available, details will be provided on the UCC website.
Starting Sunday, the school will issue a news advisory each day at 3 p.m. with pertinent information.
Sheriff John Hanlin
Mental Health Resources
We have the Health and Human Services National Disaster Mental Health team - 16 people in total - who have flown in to help our community recover. They are providing immediate assistance and developing a strategy for a long-term support for our community. The executive director of the Community Health Alliance, Janet Holland is with us today and will be available after this press conference for one-on-one interviews.
We are still collecting investigative information from various sources. Those details will continue to come in over the next few days and weeks.
We continue to have law enforcement and victim service teams working with the families to provide any help they may need. This includes counseling resources, helping to make any arrangements related to funerals and more.
The FBI's Behavioral Analyst team has arrived on-scene and will assist with helping to understand "the why" of this event.
This is our last planned press conference. As the need arises, we will continue to provide information through the Douglas County Sheriff's Office and our local partner agencies.
I can't understate the support we have received from our local, state and federal partners. If I were to read the list of agencies now, we would be here quite a bit longer. We are putting out a complete list of partner agencies on the press release site.
I can't say thank you enough to each and every first responder, investigator, victim specialist, analyst, and the rest. Your help has been invaluable in getting us through this event and helping move Douglas County down the path to recovery.
And finally - I want to express my most sincere appreciation to those most directly touched by this incident.
The two Roseburg Police Officers who responded and stopped the shooter from killing dozens of other people who were in that classroom and in the immediate vicinity.
The student who - by all reports - charged the shooter and suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
To the families of the victims - our hearts are with you now and forever. Please know that we consider your loved ones to be heroes. They will not ever be forgotten.