Sheriff's Office arrests suspect who allegedly fired shotgun at deputies after chase, crash

News Release from: Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted: Jan. 23, 2014, 10:57 a.m.

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Around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, MICHAEL PATRICK NEWELL, age 26, allegedly fled a traffic stop initiated by Gladstone Police. Newell then led police on a short chase and crashed his vehicle. Upon exiting his vehicle, the suspect reportedly fired a shotgun at pursuing law enforcement personnel; fortunately, no one was injured. Newell was later taken into custody.

Around 11:20 p.m. on Jan. 22, Gladstone Police officers initiated a traffic stop off Oatfield Road in Gladstone.

A few minutes into the stop, Newell reportedly sped away from the scene in the gold 4-door sedan he was driving.

A short time later, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies located the suspect driving near Webster Road. Newell led police on a short chase before reportedly crashing his vehicle near the intersection of Mabel and Merganser Road.

Upon exiting the vehicle, Newell reportedly fired a round at deputies from a shotgun -- fortunately only striking a Sheriff's Office Charger. The front of the Charger has several small holes from what is believed to be "bird shot."

Newell then fled on foot into an area densely covered in blackberry bushes.

Several patrol units surrounded the area.

As the suspect was believed to be armed, Clackamas County SWAT was activated and responded. Police units from Oregon State Police, Oregon City Police Department, and Milwaukie Police Department also arrived to assist.

The Portland Police Bureau sent a fixed-wing aircraft with a FLIR heat-detecting camera to the area. The plane was quickly able to locate the suspect and communicate his location to ground units.

At about 3:45 a.m., deputies were able to take Newell into custody with the help of a K9 team. Newell sustained minor injuries and is being treated by a doctor.

Detectives and the Sheriff's Criminal Reconstruction and Forensic Team (CRAFT) are currently investigating.

Newell had outstanding felony warrants out of Yamhill County for Assault in the Second Degree and a parole-violation warrant from the Oregon State Parole Board.

Newell was booked into Clackamas County Jail on the following charges:

  • Attempted Murder (aggravated)
  • Ex Con in Possession of a Firearm
  • Attempt to Elude Police Officer
  • Fail to Appear (FTA) Assault 2 (warrant Yamhill County)
  • FTA Violation of Release Agreement (warrant Yamhill County)
  • Parole Violation (Oregon state parole board)

Newell's full booking info is here. He is being held without bail.


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Contact Info:
Robert Wurpes, Lieutenant
Office of Public Information
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

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