A 48-year-old man accused of committing a double murder in Lebanon was arrested Sunday in Southern California, according to Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon.

Yon said in a press release that Brenton Wade Richmond of Lebanon was arrested near the border with Mexico.

Richmond faces two counts of aggravated murder for the deaths of Tammy Lee Hopper, 42, of Lebanon, and Erik Cody Jacobs, 48, from Independence.

Yon said the Linn County Dispatch Center received a 911 call at 10:53 a.m. Saturday reporting that two people were dead in Hopper's residence on Shannon Place in Lebanon.

The Linn County Major Crimes Team, consisting of the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, Sweet Home Police Department and Albany Police Department, responded to the scene, where officers found the bodies of Hopper and Jacobs. Yon said in a press release that the two had been killed by "apparent homicidal violence," but released no other details.

Yon said investigators worked through the night processing the crime scene and identified Richmond as a suspect.

In September 2002, Richmond, at the time a Lebanon Police Department officer, was involved in a standoff with a SWAT team after he threatened to kill himself. He was ultimately not charged in the incident, the Albany Democrat-Herald reported at the time, because prosecutors determined he had only presented a threat to himself.

The investigation into the murder is continuing. Officials asked people with information about the case to call detective John Lovik II at 541-967-3911.


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