On March 31, 2022, Officers from the Klamath Falls Police Department responded to a report of a drive by shooting that occurred in the 2700 block of Alma Alley.
Investigation revealed several shell casings in front of a residence, which was struck at least twice by gunfire. During the initial response, it was unclear as to who the suspects were, and two individuals believed to be involved were observed going into an apartment building in downtown Klamath Falls on the north end of Main Street. The two individuals were later detained by officers and determined to be victims of the drive by shooting from the Alma Alley location. No injuries were sustained during the shooting.
Approximately 20 minutes, after the initial call on Alma Alley, a second possible drive by shooting was reported on California Avenue in Klamath Falls. Upon processing the scene, officers located a motorcycle that was parked in front of the residence that was struck by apparent gunfire. Statements made by witnesses at the second scene, conflicted with the evidence seized, and at this time the second shooting appeared to have been a staged diversion by the suspects of the Alma Alley drive-by shooting.
Probable cause was developed for the arrest of Matthew Kaeding (DOB 10/31/02) and a related juvenile. Both individuals were taken into custody without incident.
Matthew Kaeding was lodged at the Klamath County Jail and the juvenile was lodged at JDH. Both were charged with Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Criminal Mischief I.
The Klamath Falls Police Department thanks its citizens for being vigilant in safeguarding its citizens, as numerous schools, and businesses used “locked-down” procedures after seeing Facebook posts or hearing related information through police scanners or scanner applications. As a reminder, police officers, dispatchers, or agents of the city will always alert affected businesses, schools, and property owners during events such as the one detailed above.
The Klamath Falls Police Department was assisted by the Oregon State Police and Klamath Community Corrections. The investigation of this incident is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336. Members of the public can also contact the Klamath Falls Police Department anonymous tip line at 541-883-5334.
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