Jeep rampage ends with standoff in Clackamas
- Patrick Sherman
- Clackamas Review - News
Ronald Alan Everett, 39, is in police custody after being shot while attempting to run down a Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy in a stolen Jeep.
The episode began at 1 a.m. on Nov. 30, when a deputy on patrol at the Lake Crest Manor Apartments on Lake Road in Milwaukie noticed a red 1994 Jeep Cherokee moving through the parking lot with mismatched license plates. Using the computer terminal in her squad car, the deputy was able to determine that both plates were stolen.
She trapped the suspect vehicle in a parking space with her cruiser and climbed out, pistol in hand. Rather than surrender, Everett threw the vehicle into reverse and accelerated towards the deputy, striking her cruiser and narrowly missing her. A 7-year veteran of the force, she fired several shots as the Jeep battered its way to freedom, striking Everett once in the left arm. He escaped and eluded a subsequent search of the area by police.
Investigators believed that they had a break in the case at 10:35 a.m. that morning, when a car fire involving a red Jeep Cherokee was reported at the Creek Side apartment complex on Sunnyside Road, in Clackamas. The vehicle had been deliberately torched, but a subsequent investigation revealed that it was not the same vehicle that had been involved in the previous night's events. An arson investigation is continuing.
Shortly after midnight on Dec. 1, investigators discovered Everett's whereabouts and were granted an arrest warrant. The sheriff's Major Crimes Unit and Special Weapons and Tactics team responded to his home, located at 8645 SE Roots Road, in Clackamas.
Police persuaded Everett's parents and girlfriend to leave the home peacefully, but Everett refused to come out.
After the SWAT team deployed what Detective Jim Strovink characterized as 'copious amounts of gas' inside the structure, Everett was incapacitated and taken into custody without further incident. He was treated at a local hospital for the gunshot wound he had sustained to his left bicep.
Everett has a criminal history in Clackamas County dating back to 1987. He has been arrested in the state of Oregon on at least 23 separate occasions. He was previously arrested in Clackamas County in March of this year, on charges of assault, reckless driving, attempting to elude police, possession of a controlled substance and other crimes.
Charges stemming from this incident are still pending.