By NR Staff • 

Sheridan man allegedly points handgun at sheriff's deputies

James Maley

SHERIDAN A Sheridan man was tased and taken into custody by Yamhill County sheriff's deputies after he allegedly pointed a handgun at them in the downtown area Sunday night.

Capt. Tim Svenson identified the suspect as James Elsworth Maley Jr., 43, of 235 N.E. Hill St.

Maley was charged with three counts each of menacing and pointing a firearm at another person, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of disorderly conduct. He was lodged in jail on $50,000 bail pending arraignment at 1:20 p.m. today in circuit court.

Svenson gave this account:

At about 8:15 p.m., the Yamhill Communications Agency 911 dispatch center received multiple phone calls regarding a male who who was said to be brandishing and possibly firing a handgun near the area of Bridge and East Main streets.

Witnesses reported seeing Maley pull the handgun from his waistband point it and act as if he was going to fire it. Unconfirmed reports indicate he may have fired as many as three additional rounds during the incident.

Maley then entered Lee's Green Frog Bar and Restaurant at 119 East Main St., pulled the handgun from his waistband and slammed it on a counter. The bartender asked Maley to leave and he was escorted out the back door with the handgun tucked in his waistband.

As deputies arrived in the area they heard a single gunshot come from the back parking lot of the business. As they approached the parking lot, Maley appeared from an alley and pointed the handgun at them.

Deputies gave commands for Maley to drop the gun as they moved to positions of cover. However, he ignored the commands and fled the area on foot.

Additional deputies and law enforcement personnel arrived on scene and began looking for Maley. At about 10:38 p.m., he was located walking eastbound on Yamhill Street. Maley again refused all law enforcement commands. He was taken into custody upon being tased.

A loaded Smith & Wesson .357 magnum handgun was found in his waistband.

"The quick response by our deputies, along with several other local law enforcement agencies, was instrumental in a quick and safe conclusion to a very dangerous situation," Sheriff Jack Crabtree said.

His deputies were assisted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Oregon State Police and a McMinnville police canine team.

Maley was treated on scene by Sheridan Fire District medics for a minor facial injury.

Anyone with information about the incident should contact deputy Rich Broyles at 503-434-7506.

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