PORTLAND, Ore, (KOIN) — A stolen vehicle investigation turned into a shots fired situation at the Oregon City Shopping Center on Tuesday, according to Clackamas County deputies.
31-year-old James Randall Paquin was arrested after he shot at a deputy. The investigation began when Oregon City Police officers attempted to contact Paquin and woman inside a stolen car.
Paquin took off running. Officers were chasing him on foot when a Clackamas County patrol car pulled up to assist and Paquin allegedly pulled out a gun and shot at it.
A bullet broke through the glass on the driver side window. Officers didn’t return fire.
Police said they’re “speaking” with the woman who was also in the car but she has not been arrested.Witnesses
Karen Sura-Laird and her husband were eating at Shari’s Restaurant in the shopping center when the chase began around 7:30 p.m.
“We’re just sitting there having our hamburger and all of a sudden I see this guy running across the driveway,” she said.
Then, she said a server saw the man holding a gun.
“She’s hollering out, ‘Get down! get down!'” Sura-Laird said.
Sura-Laird said she heard 3-4 shots.
“Right after the shots were fired, we saw two officers within 20 seconds or so,” Greg Sura, her husband, recalled.
Despite the shots in a busy area, no one was injured.
“This could’ve been very tragic for Clackamas county and us so we’re very thankful that no one was hurt,” Davis said.
KOIN 6 News will update this story as more information becomes available.