Sheriff: Deputy shot at car as fleeing suspect turned around, drove at officers

Michael Powell

OAKLAND, Ore. – A deputy shot at a car that refused to pull over when the driver turned around and drove back toward the persuing law enforcement officers, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

The shot did not strike the suspect, who was later taken into custody at a Goodrich Highway home.

The sheriff has asked the Oregon State Police to investigate the deputy's use of a gun. The deputy was placed on administrative leave, which is standard is such cases.

The situtation started around 9 p.m. on July 4 with a called of a domestic disturbance.

"Deputies learned an involved male, 45 year-old Michael Ray Powell of Oakland, was armed with a firearm," the sheriff's office said.

Deputies attempted to stop Powell as he left the house around 10:30 p.m.

But Powell sped off, the sheriff's office said.

"At one point, Powell drove back toward pursuing deputies. One deputy discharged his firearm, which did not strike Powell," the sheriff's office said. "Powell then drove back to the property where the incident continued. Powell was eventually taken into custody by deputies."

Powell was booked into the Douglas County Jail on charges of:

  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Attempt to Elude Police Officer – Vehicle
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Reckless Driving
  • Attempt to Commit Assault

The sheriff said Powell’s wife, 41-year-old Shakota Ann Powell, was taken into custody on a charge of Interfering With a Police Officer.

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