At approximately 9:30 pm, officers from the Vernonia Police Department, Scappoose Police Department, St. Helens Police Department, Oregon State Police, Rainier Police Department, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 900 block of Riverside Drive in Vernonia/Columbia County, Oregon regarding a report that a man had been shot.
According to Vernonia Police Chief Mike Conner, upon arrival, officers encountered an adult male with life threatening injuries. The male was transported by ambulance to a Portland area hospital. When the man arrived at the hospital, he had succumbed to his injuries.
the victim has been identified as Jesse E. Depue of Vernonia
Police have arrested Kirk Avila, 51, of Vernonia, in connection with the shooting and is currently being held in the Columbia County Jail on murder charges.
At this time the Vernonia Police Department does not believe that a threat to public safety exists.