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Crook County DA ID’s Redmond fugitive shot, wounded by CERT Team

Officer involved shooting Ryegrass Road crash FREAUFF JR., DONALD
Tyson Beachemin/KTVZ/Crook County Jail
Donald Freauff Jr. was wounded treated at hospital after officer-involved shooting north of Prineville on Thursday, Nov 5.

(Update: Crook County DA releases suspect name, other details)

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) – Members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team shot and wounded a wanted Redmond man during a guns-drawn, “high-risk” traffic stop north of Prineville Thursday afternoon, Crook County District Attorney Wade Whiting said Friday.

The CERT (SWAT team), which has members from several agencies, executed the traffic stop based on information that Donald Matthew Freuaff, 25, was in crook County with an outstanding parole (violation) warrant, Whiting said.

The Central Oregon Major Incident Team was activated to investigate the incident, the DA said, though he declined to detail the sequence of events or the connection to the closure of Highway 26 8 miles north of Prineville and a crash between a pickup truck and a Bend Police armored car vehicle on Ryegrass Road.

Freauff sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to St. Charles Prineville, Whiting said. After he was released, Freauff was lodged at the Crook County Jail Thursday night on new charges of felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing/attempting to elude a police officer, recklessly endangering another person and reckless driving.

Whiting said more charges are expected as the investigation continues. Grand jury proceedings are scheduled for next week, and the DA said he won’t release further information until after those proceedings, to preserve the integrity of the case and investigation.

The DA's initial charging document filed Friday indicated Freauff rammed his vehicle into another man's vehicle.

Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are the lead investigating agencies.

Under the terms of Senate Bill 111, the officers involved are being placed on administrative leave, pending the results of the investigation, Whiting said. He added that more information will be released as the investigation continues.

A stretch of Highway 26 was closed eight miles north of Prineville around 2:30 p.m. due to law enforcement activity, ODOT advised motorists.

In that area, on Ryegrass Road, police spent several hours investigating the taped-off scene of a collision between a black pickup truck and the armored car from Bend police.  

Freauff, who court records show has a lengthy criminal record, was arrested near Milwakie in Sept. 11 by Clackamas County sheriff's deputies dispatched on a welfare check of an unresponsive man in the driver's seat of what turned out to be a stolen pickup truck, the website Canby First resported.

Two loaded guns were recovered along with methamphetamine and heroin. Deputies said Freauff had a felony warrant for his arrest for distribution of heroin.

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Barney Lerten

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  1. “We’ll have more details when they become available.”…. Really ? Like when- March ??? Maybe you forgot- but you all said the same thing about the worksite fatality at the new Caldera High School construction site months ago.

        1. What all of you fail to admit- is that my subtle request for additional information has yielded results ! Including this little diddy- “recovered along with methamphetamine and heroin”…. It seems or good neck tatted friend here was simply getting a head start on Oregon’s new decriminalization of Meth and heroin laws- clearly a Biden supporter too ! Biden-Brown- and a Crack Pipe 2020 !!!

    1. Well, it looks like just you and I will be there. Since you suggested it, how bout we meet at your place? Do you want to be the mostly peaceful protestor as I’m not sure how to be a “mostly peaceful protestor”? But what is going to be our rallying cry since he is white and alive? How can we get the rest of society to recognize how our projected prejudice as their fault? What can we say to make them feel guilty about meaningless physical characteristics (how about flatheads or uni-brows?) and kowtow to our every whim so we can avoid introspection and personal responsibility? I mean we can’t possibly be contributing to our unhappiness, fear, depression or financial/educational deficiencies, right? It absolutely has to be someone else’s fault if I have less than they do (but of course what I have is mine and refuse to share with those who have less). And don’t get me started about entitlement mentality. Or perhaps we just stay at home instead of “protesting”, go to work, take care of our families, teach our children appropriate respect for authorities, pay taxes, truly treat everyone with respect, educate ourselves continuously and mind our own business in general. I say we also don’t throw a temper tantrum whomever is declared The President of the United States. At least he has a long arrest history and it appears he resisted arrest like the rest of those who were shot. He deserves some kind of respect or martyrdom right?

  2. 25 ? Wow… A shaved head, neck tats and copious amounts of drugs really age a guy…
    Kinda looks like they put a couple rounds through his radiator. Then again, it is a Ford.

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