ST. HELENS, Ore. -- A mental health worker was found dead in a St. Helens home after the suspect in her murder called 911, police said.
Jennifer Warren, who worked at Columbia Community Mental Health, was apparently stabbed to death in a home at SE 15th Street and Cowlitz Street, according to St Helens Police Chief Steve Salle.
The suspect in the case, identified as Brent Redd, had called police to report a disturbance, Salle said. Redd was a client and Warren was at his home to provide mental health services when she was killed.
"Any time a service provider is in someoneís residence--like the police do on a regular basis--thereís always a possibility something bad will happen," Salle said.
Redd was at the home when police arrived. He was taken to Legacy Emanuel Hospital, in Portland, for injuries that were not reported to be life-threatening.
"I think itís always tragic when a human life is taken," neighbor Patrick Birkle told KGW. "I think itís especially tragic when itís someone whose goal is to help."