Shooting Investigation 02

The Corvallis Police Department keeps one northbound lane of Northwest Ninth Street closed Saturday morning in front of Shari's Restaurant while they investigate the shooting death of Jason Scott Williams.

Andy Cripe, Gazette-Times

Corvallis police have arrested two Forest Grove residents in connection with Friday night’s fatal shooting at the Shari’s Restaurant in Corvallis.

Michael A. Deyette II, 43, was arrested outside a house in Forest Grove at about 1:45 p.m. Monday on a Benton County warrant for murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon in the killing of 29-year-old Jason Scott Williams of Corvallis, police announced Monday night.

Deyette was taken into custody without incident with the help of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team and Forest Grove Police Department and was transported to the Benton County Jail, where he was being held on $1 million bail.

At about 6:25 p.m., police arrested 35-year-old Brooklyn F. Shepard of Forest Grove, who was wounded in Friday’s shooting. According to a statement issued by the Corvallis Police Department, Shepard was arrested on one count of murder on the theory that she may have aided and abetted in Williams’ killing. She also was being held in the Benton County Jail.

“Shepard and Deyette are neighbors and are romantically involved,” the police statement said.

Both are scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday in Benton County Circuit Court.

Williams was shot to death about 7:45 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of Shari’s Restaurant, 1117 N.W. Ninth St.

Ninth Street was blocked off in front of the restaurant for most of the night as police interviewed witnesses and processed the crime scene while Williams’ body lay on the sidewalk, covered by a sheet.

Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Corvallis Police Department, Benton County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police, responded to the incident. Officers and at least one police dog searched the area Friday night, but no suspect was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

Lt. Cord Wood, a spokesman for the Corvallis Police Department, said at the time there was no reason to believe there was an immediate threat to the public.

“The second, female victim and Williams are acquaintances and had been at the restaurant together prior to the shooting,” the department said in a statement issued Saturday.

The multiagency Linn Benton Major Crime Team has been investigating the incident.

The Williams killing is the 14th homicide in Corvallis since 1990.

Before Friday’s incident, the most recent homicide in the city was the killing of Kimberly Hakes. Hakes, 42, was found dead on Feb. 15 at a camp for homeless people in Alan Berg Park, across the Willamette River from downtown. No arrest has been made in that case.



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