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Madras man arrested on attempted murder, other charges in shooting incident

Jefferson County Jail
Daniel Solis

No one injured, but several shots fired, at least one hitting parked SUV

MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ) – A Madras man was arrested in a traffic stop Sunday afternoon on attempted murder and other charges, accused of bashing in the windows of a parked SUV and firing several gunshots early Sunday morning, police said.

Police and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies were called around 2:30 a.m. to a report of shots being fired in the 500 block of Southwest Marshall Street, Detective Sgt. Steve Webb said.

They arrived to find an SUV parked in front of a home that was heavily damaged, with some shattered windows, as well as at least one bullet hole, Webb said.

Webb said what began as an argument some time Saturday evening escalated, and a man and woman drove to the block, where the man got out and damaged the SUV, bashing in some windows.

Residents of the home came outside to see what the commotion was, and at that point, the man fired several shots, the detective said.

“We’re very fortunate that nobody was hit,” Webb added.

Law enforcement quickly developed information about the suspect and vehicle. Shortly before 4 a.m., police spotted a small black SUV determined to be involved.

Webb said they tried to make a high-risk (guns drawn) traffic stop, and the driver at first stopped at J and Fourth streets, then sped off, heading north through town at speeds topping 70 mph.

The driver turned off the lights and continued through Madras, then turned around and headed south through a residential area, Webb said. Due to the speeds and limited visibility from the smoke, police discontinued the pursuit when they lost sight of the SUV in the area of L Street.

Police identified Daniel Solis, 22, as the suspect in damage to the SUV and the gunshots. They also identified a person of interest, a 20-year-old woman, who Webb said was Solis’s girlfriend, and who allegedly was driving the vehicle officers had pursued.

Webb said the woman drove south, and Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies helped police contact her in Terrebonne, where she agreed to return to Madras to be questioned.

Shortly after 3 p.m., law enforcement stopped stop another vehicle near Southwest First Street and Highway 361 in Madras and Solis was arrested.

Solis was lodged at the county jail on charges of attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, unlawful use of a weapon and an outstanding statewide felony warrant.

The woman was jailed on charges of attempting to elude police and reckless driving.

In 2018, court records show, Solis pleaded no contest to second-degree burglary and was sentenced to a week in jail and three years probation, amended in 2019 to a 10-day jail term for violating probation.

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