TILLAMOOK, OR - The suspect in Friday evening's bizarre incident in Tillamook has been identified as 41 year old Travis Martin of Tillamook, OR.
The incident began around 6:05 Friday evening when officers were dispatched to a menacing with a knife in the area of Wilson School. While officers were responding, Martin called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers that he was upset with a female and that he would kill any cops that contacted him. When officers made contact with Martin, they told him to stop walking and that he was under arrest. Martin failed to comply with the officers' orders to stop. He also had a large knife on him. Officers then attempted to use a taser on Martin at least twice with no effect. Martin became more upset and his behavior caused concerns for the safety of others in the area. More officers from the Tillamook County Sheriff's Department and Oregon State Police where called into help deal with Martin and help keep bystanders safe. Several times Martin pulled out the knife he had but did not advance on the officers. Martin continued making threats to hunting down and killing every officer. At one point, officers again used less lethal rounds with no response from Martin.
Martin then began walking down 3rd Street tell he turned down Pine, to Alder, Evergreen and eventually down 12th Street with at least half a dozen officers following. "During most of his travel I drove next to him talking to him. He would rant and threaten and then calm down and talk but would not stop" said Tillamook Police Chief Terry Wright. Chief Wright went on to say, "His behavior, to include not stopping, rants and threats, along with the means, at least the one large knife, were very alarming. There was serious concern that he was going back into populated areas and may go into an occupied home or apartment." Martin was warned multiple time by officers that force would be used against him. He would respond by telling them they'd have to kill him.
The incident came to a head on Miller in front of Head Start when an officers armed with less lethal bean bag rounds confronted Martin and discharged multiple round at him to gain compliance. Officers were able to over power Martin and take him into custody.
Martin was transported by ambulance to Tillamook Regional Medical Center for injuries sustained during the incident. "It was more important for him to be treated for medical and other concerns than go to jail at this point" said Chief Wright. The case will be referred to the DA’s Office for several counts of Menacing, Elude on Foot, Disorderly Conduct and Felon in Possession of a Restricted Weapon.
Chief Wright went on to say, "All law enforcement involved in this high stress incident are commended for every effort to control the situation without using deadly force, even when the knife was brandished at law enforcement and behavior obviously indicated more than just a desire not to go to jail."