Police arrest man suspected of attempted murder
Law enforcement officers from several agencies arrested a Madras man at 2:52 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13. He was wanted on suspicion of attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing .
Officers with the Madras Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police SWAT and the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team served a search warrant at 335 SW Bell St. No. 7 for the arrest of Troy Minson Jr., 31, who was known to be in the residence.
The court issued a nationwide warrant for Minson after a shooting on Oct. 1.
As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, he was in custody at the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. Jail records indicate he admitted to using methamphetamine.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court by Madras Police Detective Sgt. Webb, Detective Brent Schulke interviewed a shooting victim at 3:28 a.m. Oct. 1 at St. Charles Madras.
The 28-year-old woman had a gunshot wound to the right side of her chest, and she told Schulke that "T.J. Minson" shot her. Later, he examined the would more closely and saw a bullet hole on the left side of her breast with an exit wound on the right side of her torso near her armpit, according to the affidavit. A nurse gave Schulke a small caliber bullet and said it was found when it fell out of the woman's clothing.
The woman said she had been arguing with Minson on the phone and hanging out with some people she had met at Circle K. She agreed to meet him behind Abby's Pizza. She "told Detective Schulke that Minson walked up to her as she was waiting for him and that he shot her," Webb said in the affidavit. When asked how she got to the hospital, she told Schulke "she got into the first car she saw and told him it was a male driver in a large sports utility vehicle who was a bad driver."
The woman told Schulke she thought she was dying.
Schulke went back to the area where the woman said the shooting had occurred and talked with a witness, who said that about 10 minutes before he had heard a loud noise that sounded like a car door slamming. He saw a man wearing a dark hoodie walking east by the old Parr Lumber building. He said the sound he heard might have been a gunshot.
Judge Annette Hillman issued the warrant later that afternoon and set security for $750,000.
At the time, Webb said the incident "occurred as a result of domestic violence."
Anyone with information about the case may call Schulke at 541-475-2424.
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