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Police locate wanted suspect

Hiding in house in Metolius


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Tyler FullerLast week, for the second week in a row, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office searched for a fugitive who was believed to have crashed a car west of Madras, but this time, they successfully made an arrest.

Tyler Fuller, 24, of Madras, was arrested March 18 on felony warrants for strangulation, assault and parole violation. He was located in a manufactured home on Dee Street, just off South Adams Drive.

"We received information that he was at his girlfriend's house," said Sheriff Jim Adkins. "We acted on that information and we sent the Central Oregon SWAT team."

According to Adkins, Fuller had threatened violence if he was turned in, so Adkins felt it necessary to call in the SWAT team.

"After the SWAT team went in and did a thorough search, they found him hiding in a little hole above the furnace," said Adkins, noting that the girlfriend had already left the house.

The sheriff's office had reports that it was Fuller last week who crashed a car into a telephone pole around 5:30 p.m. March 11, on Southwest Elk Drive, off Belmont Lane.

The driver fled the vehicle, and the JCSO activated both an air and ground search, but failed to locate the driver.

Adkins said that they had recovered blood from the vehicle, which will be tested to determine the identity of the driver.

"Thank God nobody got shot or hurt," Adkins said on Monday, expressing relief that both incidents involving SWAT teams were resolved safely (see other story on this page).

Fuller was lodged in the Jefferson County Correctional Facility on warrants for two charges each of strangulation, fourth-degree assault, and coercion, as well as coercion and probation violation.



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