KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – It has been a whirlwind few hours in the investigation into Wednesday’s officer shooting in Klamath Falls. On Thursday morning two suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident, and a third was later taken into custody for undisclosed charges.
According to early evidence, Deputy Jason Weber was shot during a routine traffic stop near the 2500 block of Bisbee Street. Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says it appears the suspects got out of their vehicle before Weber. Weber was apparently shot just after exiting his patrol car, and while on the ground the shooter moved to a more advantageous position and fired at Weber again.
Skrah says Weber never fired his gun, despite holding on to consciousness, possibly due to the fact that it would have put those behind the suspects at risk.
“The way the cars were positioned, it’s down Bisbee Street. It’s a busy street, it’s a residential street. That may be part of his thought process,” said Skrah.
William Jack Parkerson now faces charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm. Karey Leigh Pascoe is being charged with conspiracy to commit Attempted Aggravated Murder with a Firearm, Aggravated Murder, and Assault in the First Degree with a Firearm.
The two were found Thursday morning, near their vehicle, both at an undisclosed location between Fort Klamath and Rocky Point.
“It was a series of great police work having to do with a variety of different measures that caused us to be in that area to discover the suspects, including witness interviews and social media,” said Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge.
A third suspect, Christopher Holmgren was also arrested later in the day. His charges and alleged involvement in the shooting haven’t been disclosed, although Skrah says the three were in the car together.
Meanwhile Weber is being operated upon by a team of seven doctors and is listed as being in serious but stable condition.