On June 26, 2021, at 3:34 a.m., Tillamook 911 received a report of a shooting that occurred in the Sand Lake Recreation Area in southern Tillamook County. Officers from the Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) and Tillamook City Police (TPD) immediately responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, first responders from Tillamook Ambulance and Nestucca Fire-Rescue began treating an unconscious 30-year-old adult Caucasian male with multiple gunshot wounds. A Lifeflight helicopter also intervened. Despite the heroic efforts of emergency medical personnel, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect has been identified as Brandon Jose Zavala-Satalich, 18, of Troutdale. Zavala-Satalich was armed with a handgun when he fled the scene with a young woman before law enforcement arrived. Sheriff Joshua Brown and Deputy Matt Kelly responded to the scene. The Tillamook County Major Crimes Team has been activated and additional law enforcement officers have been called in to assist.
“That included officers from the Oregon State Police and the Manzanita Police,” said TCSO Deputy Sheriff Matt Kelly. “Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office sent two deputies, including a K9 tracking unit, and Hillsboro Police also sent a K9 tracking.”
“At 5:28 a.m. TCSO Sand Lake Deputy Tom Mayne saw the suspect crossing Galloway Rd. A containment perimeter was set up and a search for the suspect was underway as TCSO detectives began their search. homicide investigation. The juvenile who fled with the suspect was found quickly and unharmed,” Deputy Kelly said.
“Tillamook 911 used the reverse 911 system to notify residents with landline phones of the situation, and we also sent emergency alerts to all cell phones located in Tillamook County notifying residents and visitors that we We had a homicide suspect on the loose in the Sand Lake area.”
At approximately 11:20 a.m., suspect Brandon Jose Zavala-Satalich was captured by the Lincoln County K9 unit accompanied by OSP officers and TCSO deputies. The suspect was hiding in an area near where Deputy Mayne had seen him cross Galloway Rd.
Brandon Jose Zavala-Satalich was transported and housed at Tillamook County Jail and initially booked on second-degree murder and eight counts of recklessly endangering another person.
The minor who fled with Brandon Jose Zavala-Satalich was taken into custody by the Tillamook County Youth Department and faces charges of criminal conspiracy, obstruction of prosecution, tampering with evidence and interference with a police officer.
This investigation is ongoing. TCSO is not releasing the victim’s name due to family requests.