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Wife leaps from car after spouse brandishes gun

CORNELIUS -- Man still at large after allegedly menacing his wife with a gun

A woman jumped out of a moving car after her husband threatened her with a handgun in Cornelius Tuesday morning, according to Dave Waffle, Cornelius city manager and acting public information officer.

Police said the couple apparently had been arguing while driving westbound on Baseline/TV Highway when the man, Jose Guadalupe Rojas-Espinoza, 39, menaced his wife with the weapon, causing her to open the door and jump from the automobile's passenger seat at 9:20 a.m. The News-Times does not disclose the names of domestic violence victims.

Initial reports indicated that shots were fired, but police later interviewed the woman, who indicated her husband had only threatened her with the gun, said Commander Ed Jensen of the Cornelius Police Department.

She was injured as a result of exiting the vehicle, police said, and was taken by ambulance from the site of the incident, near the 2300 block of Baseline, to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center in Portland. She was treated there for extensive road rash but no other injuries. The woman told police the car was traveling at about 40 to 50 miles per hour when she jumped out, Jensen said.

Both Rojas-Espinoza and his wife live and work in Hillsboro. The husband was still at large as of press time, and the case is under investigation by the Cornelius and Hillsboro police departments.