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Officers from Central Oregon Emergency Response Team fired weapons at man during high-risk stop in Prineville

A high-risk stop performed by Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Prineville resulted in an officer involved shooting and injury to a Redmond man Thursday.

According to a report from Crook County District Attorney Wade Whiting, the Central Oregon Major Incident Team was activated to investigate an incident near Highway 26 and Ryegrass Road involving CERT officers discharging their weapons during a high-risk traffic stop. CERT executed the traffic stop based upon information that 25-year-old Redmond man Donald Matthew Freauff was in Crook County with an outstanding parole warrant.

During the stop, Freauff sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to St. Charles-Prineville. After receiving medical treatment, he was discharged and lodged at the Crook County Jail, facing new criminal charges. Freauff was charged with felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving.

Whiting said additional charges are expected as the investigation continues and grand jury proceedings are scheduled for next week.

In accordance with Senate Bill 111, the involved officers will be placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. Further information will be released as the investigation continues.


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