AMBER ALERT Suspect’s Death: Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound – KQEN News

By | April 24, 2024

By Trend News Line 2024-04-24 13:05:12.

The Tragic Incident

In a heartbreaking turn of events, the suspect in an Amber Alert that was issued on Monday night was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound along Interstate 5 just north of Eugene. The alert was issued at the request of the Washington State Patrol in response to the murder of two women in West Richland, Washington, and the kidnapping of a 1-year-old infant named Roman Santos. The victims were identified as Huizar’s ex-wife and a teen believed to be the suspect’s girlfriend. The suspect was none other than 39-year-old Elias Huizar, a former Yakima police officer.

The Pursuit

On Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police troopers were on the lookout for Huizar when they spotted his vehicle heading southbound about five miles north of Brownsville. A high-speed pursuit ensued, and near the Harrisburg/Junction City interchange, there was a minor collision when Huizar lost control of his sedan. An exchange of gunfire took place before the suspect fled again, still heading southbound. Eventually, about a mile north of the Beltline interchange, Huizar’s vehicle crashed into a parked commercial motor vehicle and came to a stop in the median. When troopers approached the vehicle, they found the suspect deceased from a gunshot wound. Fortunately, the infant, Roman Santos, was found uninjured and safely removed from the sedan.

The Involvement of Law Enforcement

Involved in the exchange of gunfire was OSP Superintendent Casey Codding and OSP Sergeant Orly Johnson. Both officers displayed immense bravery and dedication in their efforts to apprehend the suspect and ensure the safety of the infant. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has been called upon to lead the investigation into the tragic incident. The entire law enforcement community is mourning the loss of the two victims and offering support to their families during this difficult time.

A Look into Elias Huizar’s Background

Elias Huizar, the 39-year-old former Yakima police officer, had a troubled past that ultimately led to this devastating outcome. Sources close to the investigation revealed that Huizar had a history of domestic violence and had recently been involved in a custody dispute with his ex-wife over their child. Despite his law enforcement background, Huizar’s actions on this fateful day shocked and saddened those who knew him. The community is left grappling with the senseless violence that has left two women dead and a young child orphaned.


As the investigation into this tragic incident continues, the community is left to mourn the loss of the two victims and reflect on the impact of domestic violence on families and communities. The bravery and quick actions of law enforcement officers in apprehending the suspect and ensuring the safety of the infant are commendable. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims during this difficult time..

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