Portland Police Bureau Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries murdered by Mexican national illegally in U.S.

Portland Police Bureau Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries murdered by Mexican national illegally in U.S.

July 21, 2020

A look back 23 years ago in foreign national crime (criminal alien) history in the state of Oregon, on Sunday, July 20, 1997 Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez (SID: 12371205; DOB: 06/08/1977) shot Portland Police Bureau (PPB) Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries, age 35. Officer Jeffries died from his injuries the next day on Monday, July 21, 1997.

Some background information on the shooting incident that took the life of Portland Police Bureau Officer Thomas Layton Jefferies:

Portland Police Bureau Officer Jefferies was killed in the line of duty while trying to arrest Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez who was wanted in connection with shooting a seven year old child. PPB Officer Jefferies was backing up another police officer when Jefferies was shot as he exited his patrol car. Although mortally wounded, PPB Officer Jefferies was able return gun fire wounding Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez in the leg.

Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez’s case was prosecuted in Multnomah County, Oregon.

In late 1998 in a Multnomah County Circuit Court room Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez was sentenced to life without parole in prison for killing PPB Officer Thomas Layton Jefferies along with other crimes (three counts of Aggravated Murder, three counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Assault in the First Degree).

Currently Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez is incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC) prison system at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution (TRCI) located near Umatilla, Oregon.

Wanting to know the actual current immigration status of Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez, I contacted via e-mail on Friday, May 4, 2018 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Carissa Cutrell to investigate if Hernandez-Hernandez was illegally present in the United States when he murdered PPB Officer Jefferies.

On the afternoon of Wednesday, May 9, 2018 here is what ICE Public Affairs Officer Carissa Cutrell had to say via e-mail in response to my inquiry for information on Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez:

“In November 1998, the Immigration and Naturalization Service lodged a detainer with the Oregon Correctional Institute on Euphronio Hernandez-Hernandez, an illegally present citizen and national of Mexico, after he was convicted of multiple crimes, including aggravated murder, attempt to commit murder and assault in the first degree.” – Carissa Cutrell, ICE Public Affairs Officer.

“FOR BACKGROUND: In 2003, when the Department of Homeland Security was created, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and U.S. Customs Service merged to become U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Detainers lodged by the former INS are still valid under ICE.” – ICE Public Affairs.

Analysis of the preceding information:

The statement from ICE Public Affairs Officer Carissa Cutrell revealed a significant fact about the immigration status of Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez; the Mexican national was illegally present in the United States on Sunday, July 20, 1997 when he shot and fatally wounded Portland Police Bureau Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries.

On June 1, 2020 Eufronio Hernandez-Hernandez was one of the 116 criminal aliens incarcerated in the Oregon Department of Corrections prison system for the crime of homicide .

Mexican nationals were 89 of 116 criminal aliens convicted of homicidal crimes (various degrees of murder and manslaughter) incarcerated on June 1st in the state’s prison system — 76.72 percent of all alien inmates serving time for homicidal crimes.

David Olen Cross of Salem, Oregon is a crime researcher who writes on immigration issues and foreign national crime. The preceding report is a service to federal, state, county and city elected and non elected governmental officials to help them assess the impact of foreign national crime in the United States of America. He can be reached at docfnc@yahoo.com. His current and past crime reports can be found at https://docfnc.wordpress.com/.

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