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Police say Hermiston shooting suspect bit Pendleton officer

Alex Ahumada was also chared with assault after being accused of shooting a man in Hermiston in May.

Published on August 7, 2018 6:27PM

Hermiston Herald

Alex Luis Ahumada of Boardman pleaded not guilty on Aug. 1 to assault and other charges stemming from the shooting of a man in May in Hermiston. He also faces new charges for biting a Pendleton officer while naked.

Pendleton police Lt. Charles Byram said officers on July 28 responded to a report of stranger banging on the door, yelling and acting erratic. Officers spotted the suspect in a field behind the C M Sausage Co. at 1140 Tutuilla Road near Southwest Marshall Avenue in Pendleton.

Ahumada was naked, Byram said, under the influence of some substance and in a state of “excited delirium.” Police tried to detain Ahumada, and one officer recognized him because there was a warrant for his arrest.

“Then the fight was on,” Byram said. “It took four officers just to get him under control, and during the confrontation he bit one of the officers.”

The victim was J.D. Lambert, and the injury was to his thumb. He went back to work after receiving medical treatment.

Police hauled Ahumada to St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, due to his intoxicated state. Byram said officers kept a watch on him there until Aug. 1, when they booked him into the Umatilla County Jail, Pendleton, on multiple charges, including resiting arrest, interfering with police, attempted escape and assaulting a police officer.

Ahumada, 33, was in Umatilla County Circuit Court, Hermiston on Aug. 1 to face charges of first-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one county of felon in possession of a firearm. The state alleged Ahumada on May 19 shot and injured Carlos Antonio Ramirez, 27, of Hermiston.

Police first captured Ahumada on May 23 after he barricaded himself inside a Boardman home.

The grand jury handed up the assault charges stemming from the shooting July 26 after hearing from police and other witnesses, including Ramirez, according to the indictment.

Circuit Judge Dan Hill set Ahumada’s bail at $500,000. The next hearing in the case is Aug. 13.

Court records also show Ramirez has two cases pending in Umatilla County for second-degree theft. The state alleges Ramirez stole merchandise worth $100 or more from the Hermiston Walmart on June 23, July 7 and July 10.


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