NEAR DEADWOOD, Ore. (KMTR) -- A wanted felon is in Lane County Jail after a non-injury officer involved shooting in western Lane County on Friday night. Oregon State Police said troopers were called out to help Lane County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Friday, June 30th, in the process of searching for 53-year-old Michael Wasson.
According to the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, deputies received a 911 call from Wasson’s parents around 8:53 PM. Deputies said Wasson was on their property, appeared to be intoxicated and was threatening to kill his parents. LCSO reported Wasson’s parents have a restraining order against him.
Around 10 PM, two Lane County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at a home on Highway 36 near milepost 16 where Wasson was believed to be inside. Two Oregon State Police troopers assisted in the call.
As the troopers walked up the driveway, OSP stated a dog alerted Wasson, who came outside armed with an assault rifle.
“The man turned toward the officers and, as he was turning toward the officers, one OSP trooper fired one round from his firearm at the suspect,” said Lt. Gregg Hastings of the Oregon State Police.
The single bullet missed Wasson, who immediately dropped the gun and surrendered. Wasson was arrested and taken to the Lane County Jail. He is charged with felon in possession of a firearm, a violation of a restraining order.
Oregon State Police says Wasson was also arrested on warrants for second degree assault, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, recklessly endangering another person and a probation violation for a previous conviction of first degree rape.
The name of the trooper who fired the shot will be released on Monday, July 2, 2012.