- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - A southern Oregon grand jury deliberated for less than five minutes Thursday before deciding that four officers were justified in wounding two Idaho fugitives after a pursuit in Medford, Ore.

The Jackson County grand jury also returned indictments against Wayne Pearson and Shavon Willard.

Pearson was charged with assault and related counts, including being a felon in possession of a firearm; Willard was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and methamphetamine possession.

The four officers fired at least 39 rounds on March 6 after Pearson is accused of ramming an occupied police vehicle, District Attorney Beth Heckert said. Willard was hit twice in the chest, once in the arm, once in the leg, and a fragment struck her right eye, Heckert said. Pearson’s head was grazed.

The officers were Medford police Randy Jewell and Jason Wileman, Mike Wells of the Oregon Department of Justice and Kenny Cooper of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Medford Mail Tribune reported (https://is.gd/TjEaSa ).

A loaded 9 mm handgun was found in the truck Pearson was driving, the district attorney’s office said.

In addition to listening to testimony, the grand jury watched video recorded by Medford police cars during the incident.

After hospital treatment, the couple were booked into jail on Idaho warrants.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said Willard had been sought by the Bonneville County, Idaho, sheriff’s office on a probation violation.

Pearson was booked on felony burglary and grand theft warrants out of Bonneville County and a felony eluding warrant out of Jefferson County, Idaho.

Their pickup truck was spotted March 6 at a Medford motel and Medford police as well as officers from several other law enforcement agencies began to follow it.


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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