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Alleged Warren shooter reportedly fighting extradition as he faces attempted murder charge

by: Submitted photo <b>Jesus "Jesse" Ochoa</b>

A Rainier man accused of trying to kill an acquaintance last month by shooting him in the head during what police say was a drug-related dispute is reportedly fighting extradition back to Columbia County.

Jesus "Jesse" Ochoa, 49, is being held in the Pierce County Jail in Washington as he faces charges of attempted murder with a firearm and second-degree assault. He is accused of shooting 36-year-old Portland resident Anthony Connelly once in the head in rural Warren on Sept. 15 following a dispute in St. Helens.

After he was shot, Connelly drove himself and an unidentified female passenger to the Columbia River Fire and Rescue Fairgrounds Station - nearly 5 miles away in St. Helens - looking for help. He was released from the hospital that evening. The small-caliber bullet did not penetrate his skull.

After the shooting was reported, a multi-agency group of officers searched the area for the suspect. He was found two days later, holed up in a Tacoma motel.

Ochoa is reportedly fighting extradition back to Oregon to face the charges, said Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.