OCPD: Suspect shoots at deputy in Oregon City Shopping Center
A suspect fired at a Clackamas County deputy while police were investigating a stolen vehicle at the Oregon City Shopping Center on Tuesday, according to the Oregon City Police Department.
James Randall Paquin, 31, was arrested after he allegedly shot at Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Killinger. The investigation began when Oregon City police officers attempted to contact Paquin and woman inside a stolen car.
Paquin took off running, police said. Officers were chasing him on foot when a Clackamas County patrol car pulled up to assist, and Paquin allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at it.
A bullet broke through the glass on the driver's side window. Officers didn't return fire.
"We are extremely thankful that the CCSO deputy, our officers, and the witnesses are OK," said OCPD Capt. Shaun Davis.
Police said they were "speaking" with the woman who was also in the car, which was registered as stolen out of Canby. The female suspect was not arrested.
Karen Sura-Laird and her husband were eating at Shari's Restaurant in the shopping center when the chase began around 7:30 p.m.
"We're just sitting there having our hamburger and all of a sudden I see this guy running across the driveway," she said.
Then, she said a server saw the man holding a gun.
"She's hollering out, 'Get down! get down!'" Sura-Laird said.
Sura-Laird said she heard three or four shots.
"Right after the shots were fired, we saw two officers within 20 seconds or so," Greg Sura, her husband, recalled.
Despite the shots in a busy area, no one was injured.
"This could've been very tragic for Clackamas County and us so we're very thankful that no one was hurt," Davis said.
Paquin has a long criminal record in Oregon. He served 70 months in prison starting in 2009 after robbing a Cricket Wireless store in Marion County. As a convicted felon at the time, he was not supposed to possess any firearms, including the one he used to hold up the wireless store.
Paquin is now being charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and attempted murder of the deputy.
Paquin was also being held in Clackamas County Jail without bail on a parole violation out of Lane County. OCPD detectives and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are continuing their investigation.
KOIN 6 News contributed to this report.