Update on officer-involved shooting in Albany

The Albany Police Department was called the morning of Feb. 8 2023 due to concern that 34-year-old Albany resident Julius Hamilton may be suicidal. Officers from APD as well as deputies from the Linn County Sheriff’s Office located Hamilton in his vehicle parked at Freeway Lakes Park. Despite APD and LCSO attempts to diffuse the situation, Hamilton pointed a handgun at the officers and deputies.

In response to Hamilton’s actions, Officer Eric Tress (a 10-year veteran of the APD) and Officer Ken Fandrem (a 23-year veteran of the APD) each fired one round at Hamilton.  Hamilton died as a result of his injuries. A handgun was found on scene near the deceased. Officers Tress and Fandrem have been placed on critical incident leave, which is a standard protocol and national best practice while the investigation is taking place.

The APD issued a statement regarding the incident on 2/8/23, which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/albanypd/

At this time, CPD Detectives, assisted by other members of the Linn-Benton Major Crimes Team, are diligently working to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident. These efforts include a thorough review of all possible evidence as well as conducting interviews of all possible witnesses. Recognizing the public interest in this type of incident, CPD will coordinate the prompt release of additional details at the earliest appropriate time. The next update is anticipated to occur on Feb. 10, 2023.