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August 28, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Suspect arrested in shooting of Klamath deputy

PORTLAND (AP) — A man suspected of shooting a sheriff’s deputy during a traffic stop in Klamath Falls was arrested Thursday, while the deputy was to undergo surgery for a head wound. The suspect’s girlfriend was also arrested.

The 30-year-old suspect faces charges of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and assault with a firearm from the Wednesday shooting, said Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.

The suspect was arrested in Chiloquin, a small town about 20 miles north of Klamath Falls. His girlfriend, 33, faces charges of conspiracy and assault with a firearm.

Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah identified the deputy as Jason Weber, 40, a seven-year veteran of the sheriff’s office. He was in serious but stable condition and scheduled for surgery in a Portland hospital.

Skrah said investigators were still looking others who were involved, but he wouldn’t say how many or describe how they were involved.

Few details of what happened in the shooting were released, except that the deputy was shot twice, once in the face and once in the side, and that the vehicle, a 1989 black Jeep Cherokee, drove away.

A massive manhunt tracked the man arrested today to Chiloquin, a town of about 750 people about 20 miles north of Klamath Falls, where Skrah said the man was taken into custody without any shots fired.

“We had every cop in the state out looking for him,” Skrah said.

Patridge said Thursday the Jeep had been found near a spot called Rocky Point, which is about 10 miles from Chiloquin.

Court records show the suspect has prior arrests for criminal mischief, assault and robbery. He was often listed as a transient. His last known address was in Klamath Falls. He and his girlfriend are scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Patridge said.

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