More questions than answers about the alleged perpetrator of the bank bombing last Friday in Woodburn, Oregon, that killed two law enforcement officers and seriously injured a third.
A 32-year-old Salem man whose family has deep roots in the area was arraigned this morning on aggravated murder for the deaths of two police officers in Friday’s bank bombing in Woodburn.
A probable-cause statement released to reporters this morning details much of what happened at the West Coast Bank branch in Woodburn last Friday, and says that the OSP bomb technician killed in the blast believed that the bomb was a hoax device before the explosion.
Joshua Abraham Turnidge was arrested late Sunday afternoon at an undisclosed northeast Salem address in connection with the bomb that detonated inside West Coast Bank along Oregon 214.
All sorts of questions remain, like did he act alone? Is his family somehow notable beyond having lived in the Salem area a very long time? Why are authorities not even discussing a possible motive?
Obviously, authorities deserve leeway to conduct their investigation. Hopefully at some point the public will get a better idea what the heck was up with this terrible attack.
UPDATE 2:33 PM: Joshua Turnidge’s father, Bruce Turnidge, has also been arrested, according to the Associated Press. (Tip of the hat to our Cesspool friend Mr. Cynical.)