Pendleton School District staff member injured during casino shootout, gunman in custody

UPDATE 08/17/22 at 9:50 p.m. The bystander injured during a shootout with police following an armed robbery attempt at Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton is a staff member at the Pendleton School District, school officials said.

According to a Pendleton School District Facebook post, “there were some PSD staff onsite for a school event.”

“Several members of our staff witnessed the incident and one staff member was injured,” the post said.

The district will offer continuing support to both students and staff.

PENDLETON, Ore. — Police and emergency responders converged at Wildhorse Resort & Casino when an armed gunman allegedly tried to rob the casino, leading to a shootout that injured two people including the suspect.

An official statement issued by Wildhorse Resort & Casino clarified that the armed suspect entered the casino on the afternoon of August 17, walked up to a cashier, and attempted to rob the establishment. The quick-thinking cashiers promptly contacted the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, which led officers to surround the perimeter outside the front door.

As confirmed by the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation via social media, the armed assailant was intercepted by police and a shootout ensued. The suspect was brought into custody and transported to St. Anthony Hospital for emergency medical evaluation.

Both the casino and tribal officials confirmed that a bystander was injured and rushed to the medical facility for care. No further information on the victim’s condition or identity was revealed to the public.

Representatives of the tribe confirmed that the scene was secured as of 1:46 p.m. The Resort and Casino have been re-opened, but the food court will remain closed until the investigation is complete.

“We are grateful no one else was physically injured with all that took place,” Wildhorse CEO Gary George said. “Security personnel and Tribal Police were quick to act and the situation was controlled in a swift manner.”

Roughly 20 law enforcement agents responded to the Pendleton resort and casino including the Umatilla Tribal Police Department, FBI, Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, and Pendleton Police Department.

“We are asking the public to please stay away from the casino & resort area at this time while officials continue to evaluate the situation and conduct their investigation,” the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation stated online in wake of the investigation.

Authorities are at the scene searching for any more victims, speaking to witnesses, and conducting a widescale investigation into this violent situation.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued as further details are confirmed.


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