By NR Staff • 

Yamhill County man fires at Clackamas County deputies

Michael Patrick Newell, 26, was taken into custody. He was charged with one count each of aggravated attempted murder, attempt to elude a police officer and being an ex-convict in possession of a firearm.

There were two warrants for him out of Yamhill County, the underlying charges being second-degree assault and violation of a release agreement. He was also wanted by the State Parole Board.

He is lodged without bail in the Clackamas County Jail in Oregon City.

The sheriff’s office gave this account:

About 11:20 p.m., Gladstone police initiated a traffic stop with Newell at the wheel of a sedan. He sped off.

A short time later, deputies located him operating the vehicle. Newell led them on a short chase and crashed his vehicle near the intersection of Mabel and Merganser roads.

Upon exiting the vehicle, Newell allegedly fired a round from a shotgun, striking a deputy’s patrol car. The front of the Dodge Charger showed signs of being hit by birdshot

Newell fled on foot into an area densely covered in blackberry bushes. Several patrol units surrounded the area.

Because Newell was believed to be armed, a Clackamas County SWAT unit was activated and responded to the area. Units from the Milwaukie and Oregon City police departments, in addition to the Oregon State Police, also assisted.

The Portland Police Bureau sent a fixed-wing aircraft equipped with a FLIR heat detecting camera to the area. The plane was quickly able to locate Newell and communicate his location to ground units.

About 3:45 a.m. Thursday, deputies took Newell into custody with the help of a K-9 unit. He was treated for minor injuries sustained during the apprehension.

The investigation is continuing.

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