Ex-cop charged with aggravated murder in Lebanon deaths

A Lebanon man accused of killing two people last week in a local residence remains in San Diego, awaiting a return to Oregon to face murder charges.

Brenton Wade Richmond, 48, of Lebanon, is facing two counts of aggravated murder in the deaths of Tammy Lee Hopper, 42, and Erik Cody Jacobs, 48, who were found dead Saturday morning, Feb. 9, in a home on Shannon Place in Lebanon.

Linn County Sheriff Jim Yon said his deputies assisted Lebanon Police Department in the investigation after the Linn County Dispatch Center took a 911 call at 10:53 a.m. reporting two people were deceased in the home.

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 were called to the scene.

Hopper and Jacobs, of Inddependence, were “found to be deceased from apparent homicidal violence” at the home, Yon said in a statement.

He said Hopper resided at the home. Hopper was Richmond’s former girlfriend.

Investigators worked through Saturday night processing the crime scene.

Richmond, a former Lebanon police officer, was identified as the suspect and arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol Feb. 10, in Southern California near the Mexican border.

He was booked into San Diego Central Jail Sunday afternoon at 4:06 p.m., where he is being held without bail, according to jail records.

Richmond grew up in Lebanon, the son of Walt Richmond, a former Lebanon police chief. His mother owned Nancy’s Floral.

Yon said the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective John Lovik II at (541) 967-3911.