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Ex-girlfriend linked to attempted murder in Metzger shooting

METZGER - Another suspect has been charged in the shooting of a Metzger man two weeks ago.

Cindy Kristina Scarlett, 33, was arrested Friday and charged with attempting to murder her ex-boyfriend and roommate, Jeffrey Sutton, according to court records.

Sutton, who remains at Oregon Health and Science University, was shot at the home he shared with Scarlett on Thursday, Feb. 23.

Investigators initially called Scarlett a 'person of interest' in the case and said they wanted to speak to her about what happened the day Sutton was shot.

Scarlett was seen leaving the home at the same time as another suspect in the case, alleged shooter Jeffrey McGregor, who authorities said is an acquaintance of Scarlett.

McGregor was arrested in Hillsboro the next day following an extensive police search, but Scarlett disappeared.

While she was missing, authorities called Scarlett 'the last piece of the puzzle' to the shooting.

After nearly a week of searching, Scarlett was found at the Tualatin Fred Meyer on Wednesday, Feb. 29, where she suffered some sort of medical problem and was taken to a local hospital, said Sgt. David Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Scarlett was treated in the hospital for two days while investigators interviewed her.

Scarlett was arrested on Friday and lodged in the Washington County Jail.

In total, Scarlett faces five charges, including attempted murder, first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of a weapon as a felon and a parole violation for her disappearance.

So far, little information has been released about the shooting, and authorities are keeping mum about a possible motive, the extent of Sutton's injuries and what type of gun was used.

'There is still a lot of work to do on this case,' said Sgt. Bob Ray, a Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman. 'It is a very convoluted situation, and there is a lot of evidence to work through and interviews we need to make.'

Sheriff's deputies were called to Sutton's home in the 7900 block of Southwest Taylors Ferry Road at about 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 23.

Other people were in the home at the time of the shooting, investigators said, and Sutton and Scarlett were not the homes' only occupants.

Sutton was taken to OHSU with critical injuries. He remains a patient there, but the hospital is not releasing additional information about his condition.

The firearm used in the shooting has yet to turn up, Ray said.

If a firearm is found, neighbors are warned not to touch it and to call 911 immediately.

Anyone with more information about the shooting is asked to call the sheriff's office at 503-846-2500.



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