Wanted man carrying gun, meth fights officers in Springfield deli

Wanted man carrying gun, meth fights officers in Springfield deli

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A man with multiple open warrants dropped a loaded gun in Jasper's Deli Sunday morning while he was trying to get away from police officers, Springfield Police officials said.

Two of the officers and the wanted man were treated for minor injuries they received in the scuffle, Springfield Police Sergeant Richard Jones said.

The incident started just after 9 a.m. Sunday when someone at Jasper's Deli and Lottery reported that Troy Minson, 26, of Madras, was carrying a gun.

Sgt. Jones said Minson had warrants out for his arrest from Jefferson and Deschutes Counties, as well as an "attempt to locate" for criminal charges stemming from a Springfield case.

Two officers and a police K9 went in to the lottery, telling Minson he was under arrest.

"Clearly he wanted to get away, and he was willing to do whatever he could to try and escape," said Sgt. Jones. "He was fighting with the officers, slapping at them… actually he kinda grabbed one of them in the groin while trying to get out the door." 

The K9 reportedly grabbed part of Minson's coat and pulled it off as Minson tried to vault over the counter. Surveillance footage shows a loaded semi-automatic handgun fell out of his coat and onto the floor, Sgt. Jones said. It's a crime for Minson to carry a gun, as he is a convicted felon.

The fight continued until a third officer arrived to help get Minson into custody.

Minson and the officers were taken to McKenzie Willamette hospital for treatment before the suspect was taken to Lane County Jail.

"They're all just banged up, with some sprains. They've all been released now," said Sgt. Jones.

Minson was booked at the Lane County Jail on the outstanding arrest warrants as well as multiple new charges including possession of meth, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, and 2 counts of assaulting a police officer.