Keizertimes. (Salem, Or.) 1979-current, March 30, 2018, Image 1

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    SINCE 1979 • VOLUME 39, NO. 26
MARCH 30, 2018
Manic final minutes
Suspect in shooting led
police on fevered chase
before his death
Of the Keizertimes
Less than a week before
Ryan Chapman robbed a
Pizza Hut and led police on
a pursuit that ended with him
being shot and killed he was
a suspect in the robbery of
another River Road business.
Keizer Police Department
(KPD) offi cials now suspect
Chapman was one of two
men who entered Cooper’s
Deli, 5408 River Road N.,
and robbed the location of
an undisclosed amount of
currency and cigarettes on
March 9.
One of the men in that
incident was estimated to be
about 6-foot-3 and carrying a
silver handgun, now believed
to be the same weapon
Chapman was holding when
he was shot and killed by a
KPD’s Offi cer Tyler Wampler
on Wednesday, March 14.
Chapman was 6-foot-4.
Chapman is suspected of
playing a part in more than
a dozen armed robberies in
Keizer and Salem leading up
to the fateful robbery at Pizza
In a press release issued by
Brendan Murphy, Chapman
was described as fi tting the
description given to police
by witnesses at the robberies
and “local law enforcement
was told that the suspect
was becoming increasingly
brazen with his fi rearm,
which was described as a
small, silver handgun.” Local
police department offi cers
were being told to be on the
lookout for a man matching
Chapman’s description in pre-
patrol briefi ngs before starting
their shifts.
On March 14, Chapman
entered the Pizza Hut
location at 4492 River Road
North in Keizer wearing a
➒ Chapman was
shot while hiding
between two cars
in the driveway
at 1741 Springtime
Court NE
➍ Goes into cul-de-sac
and turns around, Barber still
in pursuit. Chapman nearly
runs into Offi cer Carrie
Anderson's patrol car as he
turns back onto Chemawa
➎ Offi cers Wampler
and Carroll in separate
cars are trying to fi nd
him and go east up
Dearborn to Verda
➋ Chapman fl ees
Pizza Hut on foot
to Dietz Avenue
where he gets into
a red Hyundai
Watched by an
employee of
Pizza Hut returning
from a delivery
at Pizza
civilian vehicle at the
intersection of Springtime
Court and Chemawa
BY CHAPMAN: 3.4 Miles
➐ Ofc. Wampler, Carroll are
north of the roundabout at this
point and watch Chapman go
through the roundabout and
follow him in direct pursuit
Rolling on
the river
➏ Sgt. Barber and Ofc. Anderson encounter citizens
on the street directing them up 13th Avenue, saying
that’s where Chapman went. They get behind him
again and see him turn right on Dearborn
➊ Armed
➑ Chapman crashes into
➌ Stops at Harcourt and
Lawless where Sgt. Greg
Barber fi rst spots him
KEIZERTIMES/Andrew Jackson
black and grey coat with his
face covered. An employee
of the restaurant told police
Chapman pushed a gun into
their ribs and demanded cash
from the register. Chapman
put the money into a black
backpack and fl ed the store on
At 5:58 p.m., another Pizza
Hut employee returning from a
delivery saw Chapman fl eeing,
called 9-1-1 and reported
they were following a maroon
Hyundai without plates that
Chapman was driving. The
witness continued following
the vehicle and giving updates
while the call was broadcast
over the dispatch connection.
KPD offi cers Wampler,
Carrie Anderson, Dan Carroll
and Sgt. Greg Barber all
joined the pursuit in marked
vehicles with lights and sirens.
Chapman led the pursuing
offi cers on a 3.4-mile chase
through several residential
areas that lasted about four-
and-a-half minutes. Smoke
was coming off the Hyundai’s
tires before colliding with a
white Nissan Sentra at the
intersection of Chemawa
Springtime Court Northeast.
Chapman fl ed on foot into
the cul-de-sac and Wampler
pursued him on foot with
an AR-15 rifl e along with
Anderson. The driver of the
Sentra was uninjured.
Chapman’s attire as matching
the description of the suspect
in other robberies and called
to him, “Stop, or you will be
shot” and “Get on the ground,”
knowing that Chapman had
used a gun during the robbery.
Chapman reportedly looked
back twice, but ignored the
shouted commands.
Surrounded by single-
family homes and residents
watching the scene unfold
both, offi cers testifi ed that
they were concerned for their
Please see MANIC, Page A7
Reward upped to $10K in Keizer disappearance
Cynthia Martinez
Of the Keizertimes
The FBI has upped the
ante in the search for a missing
woman last seen as a bar in
south Keizer.
In addition to a Crime
Stoppers of Oregon reward
of up to $2,500, the Federal
Bureau of Investigation is now
offering a reward of up to
$8,000 for information leading
to resolution the disappearance
of Cynthia Martinez.
Martinez, of Woodburn,
had attended a
birthday party
in the Wood-
burn area July
15, 2017, and
then went to
Tequila Nights
Alvarez-Olivera in Keizer ar-
riving at about
12:30 a.m. on
July 16. She was last seen leav-
ing Tequila Nights with two
Hispanic males approximately
two hours later in a blue 2004
Honda Odyssey minivan. The
minivan has since been located
by investigators.
Keizer Police Department
Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns
stressed that the new award
is being offered by the
FBI, not the Keizer Police
Department. Keizer’s general
fund constraints prevent the
department from offering
rewards in such cases.
“If the FBI is working in
partnership on a criminal
investigation with the Keizer
Police Department and their
case agent that is assigned to
assist our investigators believes
offering a fi nancial reward
may assist in furthering the
investigation or resolving it,
that agent can make a request
through his/her chain of
command for reward money
to be offered,” Kuhns said.
In the months since
agencies collaborating on the
investigation have invested
Please see MISSING, Page A10
Gun shots fi red
near Cummings
Keizer Police Department
offi cers responded to a
report of shots being fi red
near Cummings Elementary
School about 10 p.m. on
Friday, March 23.
9-1-1 dispatchers told
Keizer offi cers several reports
of shots being fi red had
been received and evidence
confi rming the fi ring of a
weapon was found at the
scene. Police offi cials are
not releasing the details of
what was found while the
investigation continues.
Additionally, one individual
driving through the area
reported his vehicle was
struck by a bullet shattering
the rear window of his 1996
Nissan Sentra. The victim
resides in the neighborhood.
A KPD detective has
been assigned for further
additional search for evidence
was executed the following
day. The Salem-Keizer School
District has been notifi ed
of the incident. No injuries
or victims were reported
nor have any suspects been
identifi ed.
McNary High School student Beck Danner was one of several area students to speak at the
March for Our Lives in Salem Saturday, March 24. Danner partnered with another speaker to
read from a letter written by the mother of a victim in the shooting at Umpqua Community
College shooting in October 2015. An estimated 2,500 people participated in the march.
headed to