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The East Oregonian reports "On Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1998, Eric Shannon and companion, Robin Hocker, held his parents at gun point while they abducted five of their seven children. Hocker was eight months pregnant at the time. The children had been placed in their grandparents' home under protective custody by Services to Children and Families. This story is a recount of that night's event, which ultimately led to a shoot-out between Shannon and local law enforcement agencies. Shannon was killed in that shoot-out. His death marked the only fatality for 1998 at the hands of an Oregon State Trooper."