Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg

Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, June 16, 2007

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Kelly James Fredinburg

Deputy Kelly James Fredinburg was killed in a two-vehicle collision while responding to a call for assistance from another agency.

He was driving south on Highway 99E, north of Gervais, with his lights and siren activated when a vehicle traveling north crossed the center line and collided with his patrol car. Deputy Fredinburg's patrol car overturned and caught fire. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

One of the three occupants of the other vehicle was also killed. The driver of the vehicle who caused the crash fled to his native Mexico after being charged with two counts of murder. The subject was arrested in Mexico on January 20th, 2017. Prosecutors had indicated they would allow him to be prosecuted in Mexico due to limitations in the extradition treaty between the United States and Mexico; however, the suspect was mistakenly released from custody one month later. Oregon State Police and the Marion County District Attorney's office have been working jointly with the FBI, U.S. Embassy, Interpol, and the Mexican Attorney General's Office to locate the suspect and bring him to justice.

Deputy Fredinburg had served with the Marion County Sheriff's Office for 10 months and had previously served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for eight years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, parents, brother, sister, and grandmother.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years, 10 months
  • Badge A185

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Apprehended 10 years later; mistakenly r

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Hey uncle Kelly.. it's your niece Hannah. I miss you, and think of you everyday. Today I am writing an essay about loss. Your death is the biggest loss I have ever experienced. I wish you were still here and I wish Kaydin got to have her father here with her. Her and I talk about you often and I do my best to be the best older cousin I can to her. I'm going into the criminal justice field for college and everyday I get to think about you and cherish the few memories (that I remember) I got with you! We all know you're looking down on us and protecting us all from up above, just like you did when you were here.. RIP

Love, Hannah Wanker
Your Niece

April 9, 2019

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