December 13, 2008

Woodburn bank blast kills officer, bomb expert

Oregon State Police say a bomb explosion at a Woodburn-area bank killed a local police officer and a state bomb disposal technician.

The police said Saturday both were dead at the scene of the explosion the day before, but the police delayed announcing the death of 51-year-old Senior Trooper William Hakim so his family could be notified.

At a briefing, the police identified the Woodburn police officer who died as 51-year-old Capt. Tom Tennant.

Woodburn's police chief, 46-year-old Scott Russell, is in a Portland hospital, in critical condition.

State police say the inside of the West Coast Bank branch office was extensively damaged.

The police say they don't have suspects.

Source: KGW

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