MEDFORD, Ore. — The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed the names of the suspects involved in a shooting and car chase in Medford.
Wayne Pearson and Shavon Willard were apprehended in Medford on Thursday. They were originally being sought for several warrants out of Bonneville County and Jefferson County in eastern Idaho. Both suspects are still recovering after surgery at Rogue Regional Medical Center for gunshot wounds.
Bonnevile County Sheriff’s Office confirms that 29-year-old Wayne Pearson and Shavon Willard are the suspects in this case.
Thursday night, Medford Police Chief Tim George held a news conference to explain the sequence of events Thursday:
Police say federal officers from the Department Of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and firearms were tracking the two suspects on Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m.
The pursuit started at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road. Police say the driver of the truck intentionally ran into a police officer’s car, and then four police officers opened fire. The truck then drove through a neighbor’s fence in a cul-de-sac on Northcrest Circle.
Both the man and woman who are suspects in this case are two wanted suspects from what police are calling a similar incident in Idaho. Police say of the four officers who opened fire at the truck, two are from Medford Police, one from ATF, and the other from the Department of Justice.
The investigation is ongoing and will include a review of officers’ use of deadly force.