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Police continue probe into deadly Malheur County domestic violence incident

Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe said the deadly standoff Sunday in Ontario was a domestic violence incident. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Police continue to investigate a domestic incident in Ontario that turned deadly on Sunday.

Two deaths came days after police responded to an earlier tip of potential domestic abuse.

Police shot and killed Henry Martinez Jr., 49, after a four-hour standoff with police and after he apparently killed Carlen Mercado, 51. Martinez was listed as being from Nyssa and records show Mercado was from the area of Rialto, California, east of Los Angeles.

Malheur County District Attorney Dave Goldthorpe said in a news release that police responded Sunday to a relative’s call that Mercado was being held against her will at a home at 580 S.E. 13th St.

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