Hermiston Police News: Dispute over girl leads to shooting

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On Wednesday August 24th 2016, at approximately 8:15AM, members of the Hermiston Police Department responded to the 11th Street Market (425 NW 11th Street) on a report of a male with a gunshot wound.  Officers arrived and learned a 25 year old Umatilla male drove to that location after having been involved in a dispute with a person known to him.  The dispute took place in the area of W Elm Avenue and NW 7th Street.

Umatilla Police Department detained Eduardo Rodriguez Barriga in Umatilla at about 9:25AM.  Rodriguez Barriga (formerly of Umatilla) is a 23 year old male living at 460 E. Pine Ave, Hermiston. 

Rodriguez Barriga was interviewed and later lodged at the Umatilla County Jail on one count of Assault in the Second Degree.  The injury sustained was superficial and the victim was treated and released from Good Shepherd Hospital.

Officers will be serving a search warrant at a location in Hermiston (later today) in hopes of recovering the weapon that was used.

Hermiston Police Department was assisted by the Umatilla Police Department, Oregon State Police, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, Umatilla County Fire District 1 and the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office.

“Life is about choices and the decisions made today by those involved are frustrating.  At some point people need to take responsibility for what they value.  Clearly the values of Mr. Rodriguez differ from the overwhelming majority of people in this community and we are going to ask that he be held accountable for his reckless actions," reports Chief Jason Edmiston.