Update: Fugitive Couple From Idaho Captured in Oregon After Pursuit, Shooting

Wayne Eugene Pearson
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Updated: 3/07 11:15 am
UPDATE: Two fugitives from Idaho have been apprehended in Medford, Oregon after a pursuit and shooting.

Wayne Pearson and Shavon Willard were apprehended Thursday afternoon in Medford. They were wanted for several warrants out of Bonneville and Jefferson Counties. Law enforcement officers in Medford located a white 1998 Dodge 2500 that was associated with the two wanted subjects.  Law Enforcement Officers from the Medford Police Department, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Justice, United States Marshals Service and the Oregon State Police began following the vehicle. Wayne Pearson became aware that he was being followed and began avoiding officers prior to a traffic stop being made.

The suspect vehicle drove into a cul-de-sac. Law enforcement officers did not follow and remained on the road and attempted to deploy spike strips in the event the vehicle came out of the cul-de-sac. Before this could be done, the suspect’s vehicle accelerated and intentionally struck an occupied police vehicle which was parked. Four law enforcement officers fired at the vehicle, which accelerated away and crashed into a nearby yard. Both suspects in the vehicle were taken into custody without further incident and transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center by ambulance where they are being treated for gunshot wounds. One of the officers involved who was in the police vehicle that was rammed sustained injuries and was also transported to the hospital by a police vehicle.


ORIGINAL STORY: The Bonneville County Sheriff's Office reiterated Wednesday that the search continus for a wanted man and woman and they may be armed and dangerous.

Deputies thought they had Wayne Eugene Pearson, 29, on February 27 in the Lorenzo area near Rigby after a caller had complained about a suspicious truck moving from driveway to driveway. Officers recognized the truck as the same one Pearson allegedly stole in Bonneville County.

When the deputy tried to stop Pearson, however, the wanted man rammed the squad car trying to run it off the road. Shortly after, Pearson's truck disappeared.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's office found the truck Friday morning as well as tire marks leading to the garage of an abandoned home.

Jefferson and Bonneville County Sheriff's Deputies continue searching for Pearson and Shavon Ruth Willard (Webb), 27, who may be with him.

Pearson now faces additional charges of hit and run, eluding and aggravated battery on an officer. If you have any information on these individuals please contact Jefferson County Sheriff's Office at 208-745-9210.
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