Madras man shot by police after chase; lodged in jail
A morning police chase through Madras Wednesday, Jan. 6 ended in police shooting the subject of the chase, Jordan Abbe.
Abbe, 30, was treated at St. Charles Madras for minor injuries and subsequently lodged in the Jefferson County Jail on charges of second-degree attempted assault, attempted assault on a public safety officer, attempt to elude police, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless driving, according to a release by the Jefferson County District Attorney's office.
No officers were injured in the incident, though authorities were not releasing many details. The Central Oregon Major Incident Team was called in on the incident. Oregon State Police is in charge of the investigation.
At approximately noon, the chase of Abbe, a Madras resident, led to Northeast Oak Street, where Abbe's vehicle, according to witnesses, was eventually pinned by police vehicles. According to witnesses, after verbal commands from the police were not followed, several shots were fired. Abbe was injured in the shooting.
Witnesses told the Pioneer the injured person was able to stand to get on the gurney. The ambulance drove only a few hundred yards as the hospital was nearby.
The chase ended on the 400 block of Northeast Oak Street. The street was closed between 12th and 16th streets.
The Pioneer secured additional information from witnesses.
"The Monte Carlo was running from the cops and they stopped him," said Brett Doeden, of Bend, who was sitting in his truck when the scene unfolded in front of him.
"I heard the sirens then I saw him (the suspect in the Monte Carlo). He was going east then turned around and headed west," says Neil Chapman, who watched from the sidewalk. "I said, 'I'm going to get out of here.' I was halfway to the building when I heard the crash."
According to witnesses, Abbe was trying to get away from one police vehicle and ran into two others that were part of the chase.
"Officers yelled 'Freeze!' three or four times," said Greg Shoemaker, of Bend, who was inside a nearby building and watched through a window. "He (Abbe) didn't get out. I ducked behind the wall as soon as they fired shots."
"They said, 'Put your hands up.' Several times. Then they pulled the trigger," says Kyle Hammack, of Sisters. "He wasn't doing what they told him."
When the shooting began, Doeden ducked down in his car. When the shooting stopped, he looked back, and he saw the suspect. "He was walking on his knees for a while."
"He crawled on his hands and knees to get away," or at least that's how it looked to Shoemaker. He said the suspect eventually followed police orders to get on his belly.
"It was pretty intense," says Doeden, "People yelling, guns. I've never seen anything like this."
"I was impressed with the police officers," says Shoemaker. "They handled it superbly."
"I never thought I'd see something like this," says Hammack. "Not living in Central Oregon."
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