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WIMER, Ore. —
UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) says that they are no longer looking for Correia, following his shooting and hospitalization in an "unrelated incident." However, they continue to investigate the Wimer assault case.
(Updated 8/14/18 at 3:45 p.m.)
UPDATE: Eddie Joseph Correia, suspect in a Wimer assault on Friday, was found shot in Cave Junction early Tuesday morning, according to Oregon State Police (OSP).
At approximately 1:00 a.m., OSP Troopers responded to the Cave Junction area on the report of a person that had been shot.
The victim, later identified as Correia, was transported to Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass and later transferred to Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting is asked to contact the OSP Southern Command Center at 541- 776-6111 and reference case # SP 18-302404.
OSP says that the investigation is ongoing and no further information will be released at this time.
(Updated 8/14/18 at 3:30 p.m.)
INITIAL REPORT: Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) are looking for a suspect in the assault of a young man over the weekend.
JCSO says that 34-year-old Eddie Joseph Correia, a transient from the Grants Pass area, pointed a handgun at a 19-year-old man at the Wimer Family Market on East Evans Creek Road and assaulted him with the help of an accomplice.
On Friday night, just after 8 p.m., deputies were dispatched to reports of an assault at the market. The caller reported that a man armed with a handgun “pistol whipped” the victim in the parking lot. A woman with Correia, later identified as 29-year-old Lindsey Anne Jordan, also reportedly struck the victim. The victim claimed to be acquainted with Jordan, but says that he did not know Correia prior to the incident.
After the assault, Correia and Jordan fled in a white Dodge pickup with a broken rear window to a residence associated with Jordan in the 6900-block of East Evans Creek Road, according to JCSO. A deputy later located Jordan as she tried to leave the residence as a passenger in another vehicle. She was taken into custody and lodged in jail on a charge of third degree assault.
The victim went to the hospital by private vehicle for treatment for facial injuries, described as contusions and lacerations. He was treated and released.
Deputies served a search warrant on the residence in an effort to locate Correia and evidence related to the case. The JCSO SWAT team assisted with the warrant service because Correia was reportedly armed and has a criminal history involving firearms.
Correia was not located at the residence—he is believed to have fled into a wooded area nearby prior to deputies’ arrival. During the search, deputies located a handgun in the residence. JCSO could not confirm whether it was the same firearm used in the assault, or whether Correia has access to additional firearms.
While searching the residence, JCSO says that they encountered several other people. 26-year-old Kyle Flury Palomino, who was not involved in the assault, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and transported to jail. Palomino was also charged with unlawful possession of methamphetamine.
Deputies believe that Correia returned to the residence after the warrant service and fled again in the white Dodge truck. Just after 3:00 a.m., deputies located the truck abandoned about a mile away on Pinegrove Road. Attempts to locate Correia in the area were unsuccessful.
JCSO says that they have probable cause to arrest Correia on charges related to this incident. In addition, Correia has a state-wide (Oregon) felony arrest warrant for violating the terms of his post-prison supervision.
Correia is described as six-feet-tall, weighing about 245 pounds. He has numerous tattoos, including on both eyelids and the number “13 ½” on his throat.
Deputies urge citizens to not approach Correia and to call their local law enforcement agency if they know his whereabouts. Those with other information about the case can call Deputy Adam Osborne at (541) 774-6800. Refer to case #18-16778.