Shooting suspect arraigned
The arraignment of the teen in the Nov. 2 officer-involved shooting, Christopher James Thomas Sweeney, 18, of Sunriver, was held on Nov. 17, at Jefferson County Circuit Court.
Sweeney, who had been hospitalized since the incident, was arraigned on an indictment which charged two counts of attempted aggravated murder, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon with a firearm, and one count each of attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and resisting arrest.
The charges were in connection to a vehicle pursuit and officer-involved shooting incident, which began Nov. 2 in Deschutes County, and ended when the vehicle lost control on U.S. Highway 97, in south Madras.
Judge Daniel Ahern presided, District Attorney Steven Leriche represented the state of Oregon, and the defense attorney for Sweeney was Matthew Murphy. Sweeney allegedly fired shots at one of the officers, and both returned fire. Sweeney was wounded in the exchange, and was recently released from St. Charles Bend.
At the arraignment, the court set security in the amount of $500,000, and set a future court date of Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m.