Man faces multiple criminal charges after shooting officer
Local Portland, Oregon, residents know how committed police are to maintaining peace and order. Take, for example, an early December police chase that started roughly 40 miles south of Portland. Police chased a man that they suspected of car theft but then had to end that chase because of poor road conditions. However, they did not give up in their search and found the man later that same day. After exchanging gunfire, police arrested the suspect.
The man accused of stealing the car and subsequently shooting and injuring a police officer appeared in court recently but did not enter a plea. The 25-year-old man is facing multiple charges after allegedly hitting a deputy in the leg with a bullet after exchanging gunshots at a Christmas tree farm.
Prior to the shooting, the driver allegedly stole a vehicle with a female passenger, prompting a police chase. When the chase reached a rural area, icy conditions prevented the police from continuing their pursuit. Police later found the stolen vehicle and received information from witnesses that the suspect was heavily armed and had fled on foot toward a wooded area.
The deputy found the suspect on the farm and after an exchange of gunfire, both were injured. Police surrounded the area and negotiated a surrender with the suspect who was later arraigned and indicted for a host of criminal charges, including assault, attempted aggravated murder, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon, attempt to elude officers, possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Violent crimes carry serious penalties in Oregon because conviction requires mandatory minimum sentencing, meaning a long prison sentence and substantial fines are likely. In a case like this, serious consequences are even more likely because it involved crimes against law enforcement.
However, any suspect has the right to protect and defend him or herself from a harsh conviction. The accused needs a well-planned criminal defense strategy. A defendant may consider what best to do with the help of a criminal defense attorney.