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Inmate killed at Fairchild Medical Center identified as Oregon man

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 29-year-old Chad Curtis Loynachan of Tigard.

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 5:45 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2021 6:02 PM

YREKA, Calif. — An inmate of the Siskiyou County Jail who was shot and killed while struggling with a deputy at Fairchild Medical Center on Friday has been identified as an Oregon man arrested during a traffic stop earlier this month.

The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office identified the man as 29-year-old Chad Curtis Loynachan of Tigard. California Highway Patrol stopped Loynachan on I-5 near Yreka on February 5 for alleged reckless driving, but a search of his vehicle reportedly found multiple loaded handguns — several of them stolen — a suspected explosive device, methamphetamine, heroin, and supplies for drug sales.

Sheriff Jeremiah LaRue told NewsWatch 12 on Friday that the as-yet unidentified Loynachan had been taken to Fairchild Medical Center for medical clearance by a female corrections deputy.

While the deputy was taking Loynachan back to her vehicle for transport back to the jail, LaRue said that the inmate started fighting to escape. During the ensuing struggle, Loynachan allegedly tried to get control of the deputy's gun. She shot him once, and he later died while receiving medical treatment.

"We've had officer-involved shootings over the years, and we've also had inmates that have tried to escape or we've had confrontations with them," LaRue said Friday. "But never have we had them combined — where we've had somebody in custody that's been transported to the hospital and a deputy get into an officer-involved shooting in that capacity."

Court documents show that Loynachan had an extensive criminal history in Oregon, largely in Multnomah and Washington counties. There were warrants out for his arrest for two cases from Multnomah County as recently as December and January — both involving Loynachan being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one alleging that he was driving a stolen car.

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