Eastern Idaho Suspects Involved In Police Shootout In Medford Oregon


By Paul Johnson

Medford, Ore. ( KIFI-TV )- (Video courtesy of KDRV – Medford Oregon) Two suspects from eastern Idaho were hospitalized after a shootout with police in Medford, Ore.
A police spokesman in Medford said four law enforcement officers opened fire on a man and a woman in a pickup truck that intentionally struck an occupied police SUV on Thursday afternoon. The truck occupants were wounded.
The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday morning that the pair were Wayne Eugene Pearson and Shavon Ruth Willard (Webb).
Lt. Mike Budreau said officers from several jurisdictions including the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the U.S. Marshals Service were following a truck that was linked to two people wanted in Idaho. Budreau says the truck occupants were believed to be armed and dangerous.

Officers tried to set up spike strips after the pickup turned into a cul-de-sac, but Budreau says the truck suddenly accelerated and hit a police vehicle.

Pearson and Willard were taken to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds. Budreau said they remained hospitalized Thursday night.

A male officer in the rammed SUV suffered minor injuries.
Pearson and Willard were wanted after an incident involving a stolen pickup in Jefferson County in which Pearson allegedly rammed a deputy's patrol car on Feb. 27.

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