Buddy Ray Herron
Oregon Department of Corrections, Oregon
End of Watch: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 4 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 11/28/2011
Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife
Suspect: Charged with murder
Correctional Officer Buddy Herron was assaulted and fatally stabbed along Highway 11, two miles north of Pendleton, shortly after 11:00 pm.
It is believed that he had stopped to assist at the scene of a single car accident while en route to begin his shift at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution. At some point after stopping he was stabbed by the driver, who then stole Officer Herron’s pickup truck. Despite his wound, Officer Herron was able to call 911. Responding units transferred him to St. Anthony’s Hospital where he succumbed to his wound shortly after midnight.
The suspect was arrested in the vehicle early the next morning following a vehicle pursuit. He has been charged with parole violations and murder. It was determined that the vehicle he had originally crashed was stolen and had been involved in a burglary earlier in the evening.
Officer Herron had served with the Oregon Department of Corrections for four years and also served as a volunteer firefighter. He is survived by his wife and four children.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Director Max Williams
Oregon Department of Corrections
2575 Center Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 945-9090