Fleeing suspect fires shotgun at police cruiser
A 26-year-old man was arrested after a Wednesday night car chase in which shots were fired at a Gladstone police cruiser.
Law enforcement officers took Michael Newell into custody at about 4 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, hours after he fled a traffic stop by Gladstone police around 11:20 p.m. near Oatfield Road.
Newell has been charged with attempted aggravated murder, being a felon in possession of a fiream and attempting to elude a police officer. He was lodged in the Clackamas County Jail without bail.
In addition to the charges from Thursday morning's incident, Newell was also held on outstanding felony warrants from Yamhill County for second-degree assault and a state parole violation warrant.
Gladstone police said shortly after they attempted to stop Newell's vehicle, it sped away. A short time later, sheriff's deputies found the suspect driving near Webster Road. Gladstone police officers chased Newell's vehicle until it crashed near the intersection of Mabel and Merganser Road.
Officers say the suspect jumped from the damaged vehicle and fired a round from a shotgun, striking the police Charger. The front of the police Charger has several small holes from what is believed to be bird shot.
The suspect fled into an area densely covered in black berry bushes. Several patrol units surrounded the area and Clackamas County SWAT was activated. Police units from Oregon State Police, Oregon City Police Department and Milwaukie Police Department also helped in the search.
A Portland Police Bureau aircraft equipped with a FLIR heat detecting camera quickly located the suspect. At about 3:45 a.m. deputies were able to take Newell into custody with the help of a K-9 unit. Newell sustained minor injuries and was treated by a doctor.