Police seeking additional witnesses for dispensary homicide

Crime scene tape surrounds Burnt River Farms recreational marijuana dispensary on March 1 following a fatal stabbing that happened outside the dispensary. Law enforcement officials are now seeking witnesses who may have left before police arrived.

ONTARIO — Police say a verbal argument that started inside a recreational marijuana dispensary in Ontario on Sunday afternoon ultimately lead to a stabbing on the retailer’s walkway. The incident killed a man and, according to a news release from Ontario Police Department, the motive for the attack leans toward “possibly being gang related.”

A person of interest has been detained in Idaho and another “possible voluntary surrender of a second person of interest,” according to the release.

Ontario Police officers responded to the stabbing at about 2:30 p.m. at Burnt River Farms on Northwest Washington Avenue.

Officers found the victim, a Hispanic male, “down on the concrete walkway next to the business, suffering from a stab wound to his upper body,” reads the release.

The victim’s name is being withheld at this time.

Officers and emergency personnel attempted live-saving measures, however the victim was “pronounced deceased at the scene.”

According to police, witness interviews, video evidence and physical evidence point to the victim being from Ontario.

“At this time, OPD has learned that two suspect(s) male, Hispanics, and the victim had been involved in a verbal confrontation inside the business, prior to the attack,” reads the release.”

Burnt River Farms closed for the duration of the day, sending its employees home.

Ontario Police Department was assisted by Oregon State Police, and Malheur County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing and further details will be shared as they become available.

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