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Raid fails to find suspect in shooting of Madras woman

(Update: Adding likely charges from probable cause affidavit, statement by victim)

A SWAT team raid on a southeast Madras home Friday morning failed to find a suspect in the shooting of a Madras woman earlier this week, but two other men, including his brother, were arrested on other charges, police said.

Police responded about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to a report of a gunshot victim at the St. Charles Madras Emergency Room, Detective Sgt. Steve Webb said.

The victim, a 28-year-old Madras woman, has since been released from the hospital, Webb said.

As the investigation continued, detectives determined the incident resulted from domestic violence. Webb said police are seeking Troy Joseph Minson Jr., 31, as a suspect in the shooting.

Police requested a search warrant for a home Minson is associated with, in the 800 block of Southeast Kierra Place, Webb said.

The Central Oregon Emergency Response Team served the warrant shortly after 8 a.m. Friday. Troy Minson was not located, but two others related to him were taken into custody, Webb said.

Trever Rene Billingsley , 28, was arrested on an outstanding federal warrant. Gregory Minson, 30, Troy Minson’s younger brother, was found to be a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Both men were booked into the Jefferson County Jail.

A felony arrest warrant has been issued for an initial charge of first-degree assault as police actively seek Troy Minson, Webb said. He is described as 5-foot-7 and about 170 pounds , with black hair and hazel eyes.

In a probable cause affidavit, Webb said Detective Brent Schulke met in the ER with the woman, who had a gunshot wound to the right side of her chest. He said she was shot by Troy ” T.J. ” Minson behind Abby’s Pizza on SW Highway 97 while she was hanging out with some people she’d met at the nearby Circle K.

The woman told Schulke she’d been on the phone arguing with Minson and agreed to meet him behind the pizza place. She said he walked up to her and shot her, but could not describe the gun. She said she then got into the first car she saw and got a ride to the hospital.

Webb said in the affidavit there was probable cause to charge Minson with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon.

Anyone with information related to the assault or Minson’s whereabouts is urged to contact police through Frontier Dispatch at 541-475-2201 or Madras police at 541-475-2424. If you see Minson, you’re asked to contact 911.

In December 2016, Troy Minson Jr. was sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for unlawful possession of a gun, 16 months after his arrest at a Springfield deli. He had prior felony convictions for burglary, methamphetamine delivery and eluding police, federal prosecutors said at the time.

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