Man shot in head drives self to fairgrounds fire station
- Stover E. Harger III
- South County Spotlight - News
After being shot in the head during what police believe was a drug-related dispute, a Portland man drove himself to the Columbia River Fire and Rescue Fairgrounds Station looking for help.
Anthony Connelly, 36, was rushed to the hospital Sept. 15 and released the same day. Police arrested shooting suspect Jesus Ochoa, 48, whose last known address was in Rainier, holed up in a Tacoma motel two days later.
Both men are known to local law enforcement and have been incarcerated in the county jail.
Ochoa was arrested early Saturday morning and sent to the Pierce County Jail in Washington.
Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said the shooting seemed to stem from a dispute between the two men.
That dispute is thought to have began in St. Helens and continued in the rural Warren area near Tarbell Road and Shamrock Lane, where Ochoa allegedly shot Connelly.
Dickerson said Connelly was presumably shot with a small-caliber handgun round that traveled through Connelly's car window before hitting him in the head. The bullet did not enter his skull.
A female passenger in Connelly's car was questioned by police, but Dickerson would not release her name or her association to the men.
After the shooting was reported, officers from all over the county searched St. Helens and the surrounding rural area for the shooting suspect.
Some residents have voiced concerns that they were not notified that a shooter was on the loose in the county.
Dickerson said at the time that while the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, the shooting was an isolated incident between the two men who know each other.
A version of this story first appeared online Sept. 15.