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Madras police identify 18-year-old shooting victim; suspects’ hearing delayed

Madras SW Willies Drive fatal shooting WASHINGTON, JOSIAH AND JAKOBI
Arielle Brumfield/KTVZ; Jefferson County Jail
Madras brothers Josiah (L) and Jakobi Washington were arrested on murder charges in 18-year-old Jonathan Bonfield's shooting death late July 1, 2020 on SW Willies Drive

(Update: Alleged victim's name released; suspects' new court date; vigil planned Saturday night)

MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ) – Madras police on Tuesday released the name of an 18-year-old Madras resident who was shot and killed last week, a crime for which two teen brothers face conspiracy to commit murder and other charges.

The victim was identified as Jonathan Bonfield, “who grew up and went to school here,” Detective Sergeant Steve Webb said.

Two Madras brothers, ages 18 and 19, were arrested early last Thursday on conspiracy to commit murder and other charges in the shooting death of Bonfield during an altercation late Wednesday night.

Madras police, Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies, Oregon State Police, Jefferson County Fire and Jefferson County EMS responded to the reported shooting around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday on Southwest Willies Drive, south of J  Street, Detective Sergeant Steve Webb said.

They arrived to find an 18-year-old male adult already had died of “at least one gunshot wound,” Webb said in a news release. The Tri-County Major Incident Team was called in to assist in the investigation.

Webb said investigators learned that two brothers, Josiah Washington, 19, and Jakobi Washington, 18, had been involved in an altercation with Bonfield, who was known to them.

“Both brothers are believed to be involved in the shooting,” Webb said. The pair were found at their home about a quarter-mile away, in the 1000 block of Southwest Kenwood Drive.

Police conducting surveillance at the home contacted the brothers and took both into custody, Webb said. The Central Oregon Emergency Response (SWAT) Team helped serve a search warrant at the home.

Both brothers were booked into the Jefferson County Jail and held without bail on charges of criminal conspiracy to commit criminal homicide, second-degree criminal conspiracy to commit murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Two of the charges are Measure 11 crimes, resulting in a no-bail hold until their initial court appearance, which was postponed from Monday until Thursday, court records show.

Jefferson County District Attorney Steve Leriche said Tuesday court documents in the case are currently sealed "to help maintain the integrity of the investigation."

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Sgt. Steve Webb through Frontier Dispatch at 541-475-2201 or the Madras Police Department at 541-475-2424.

Bonfield's family plans a candlelight vigil on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Sahalee Park, a family friend told NewsChannel 21 on Tuesday, adding, "The community has been heartbroken over this tragedy."

Friends and family of the alleged victim, including his brother, had gathered at the shooting scene the next morning.

A neighbor who did not want to give his name told NewsChannel 21 he heard multiple gunshots, and said he gave police his home's surveillance video for the investigation.

No police or crime scene tape was in evidence along the gravel road Thursday morning.

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