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Oregon Thief Found Dead In Bizarre AR-15 Semi-Automatic Incident

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An Oregon robbery suspect is dead in what is being described as a bizarre AR-15 Semiautomatic rifle incident. Polk County law enforcement found Genaro Hernandez Mendoza’s dead body inside a stolen truck late last week. The 19-year-old man had multiple pieces of stolen property inside the truck – including two guns.

Genaro Mendoza allegedly robbed the same West Salem area home twice the day before. Oregon police officers believe he broke into the one the first time and stole several belongings that he ultimately hid on his family’s farm. The AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was not reportedly taken during the first robbery.

Polk County investigators feel that Genaro Mendoza returned to the same home and stole more items, including an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. When the teenager’s body was found on Sunday morning, both a shotgun and the AR-15 were near the suspected thief, The Blaze reports.

Oregon detective John Williams stated that the weapons were placed side-by-side on the passenger area floorboard. The barrels of both the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and the shotguns were pointed towards the driver. The sheriff received an emergency call early Sunday morning about a gunshot victim on a patch of farmland outside of Independence, the Albany Tribune reports.

The police investigator believes that a shotgun lever managed to get under the trigger guard on the AR-15 rifle. Officers reviewing the scene feel that Genaro Hernandez Mendoza hit a bump when driving the stolen trick, causing the semi-automatic rifle to fire.

The Oregon suspected thief was reportedly struck once during the fatal freak accident. Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe noted that officers are still investigating the crime scene to make sure that no one else was involved in the firing of the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.

The engine of the stolen truck had been running for hours before the body was found, the San Francisco Gate notes. The sheriff stated that it appears clear that the suspected thief failed to store the firearms safely, causing the teenager to lose his life. The stolen property has reportedly been returned to its rightful owner.

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22 Responses to “Oregon Thief Found Dead In Bizarre AR-15 Semi-Automatic Incident”

  1. Brenton Adams

    'Semi automatic incident'? Was this article written by an ESL student? Seriously.

  2. Alex Ilic

    Correct.. it was the idiot who got himself killed!! First, he broke the law by steeling property. Second, he was dumb enough to store the firearms in such a way that he got himself killed. Again, both incidents were caused by the dumb ass!!

  3. Edgar Castelo

    Why didn't he asked Eric Holder for an AR 15? It would be lots safer, he just had to say he was a Drug Dealer, from Mexico…

  4. David Goldberg

    Could have been the tang on the bolt of a semi-auto shotgun that caught on the trigger of the AR.

  5. Michael Esworthy

    It's a good thing that thief passed a background check and was permitted to steal those guns.

  6. Zachary Rider

    The gun purposefully with knowing intent sought to end this young mans life with no malpractice of his own hand.

  7. Shawn O'Loughlin

    Got what he deserved. I bet his parents are proud.

    Anyway, this is a good first step towards securing our schools. Next, we need trained people on the school grounds carrying those AR15s. The school district could accept volunteers from the parents of kids going to the particular schools.

  8. Kendall Emerson

    I bet the owner gets charged with murder, for not having a trigger guard kn the weapon. I think laws requiring this are a must to prevent deaths. As far as the thief, nobody ever said they had to be smart.

  9. Henry Arsenio Lynn

    See, Mr. Biden. Even shotguns themselves prefer to use ARs in self-defense.

  10. Shawn O'Loughlin

    Trigger lock laws? This punk broke several laws before he got shot, you think he couldn't break a trigger lock? Many of them are cheap plastic. We don't need more laws, we need more enforcement of the laws we already have.

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