Documents: Giddings used woman ‘as shield or hostage’

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OREGON CITY, Ore. (KOIN) – Jeffrey Giddings, the man accused of trying to kill 2 law enforcement officers and taking a woman hostage at a Gladstone Subway, was officially charged with 6 major crimes on Wednesday.

Prosecutors in Clackamas County charged the 45-year-old Giddings with 2 counts of attempted aggravated murder and one count each of first-degree kidnapping, unlawful use of a weapon, first-degree criminal mischief and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Monday, the Gladstone Police Department confirmed Giddings shot Sgt. Lee Jundt after an attempted traffic stop. One of the attempted aggravated murder charges is for that specific shooting.

New court documents filed Wednesday revealed Giddings also attempted to kill Clackamas County Sheriff’s Deputy Benjamin Frazier.

It remains unknown if Giddings fired multiple times while fleeing into a Subway restaurant where he took a woman hostage and kept law enforcement at bay for more than an hour.

Court documents also say Giddings used the woman “as a shield or hostage” and that he caused damage to a patrol vehicle, telephones, and other property of Subway, the Gladstone Police Department and the hostage’s.

The federal Bureau of Prisons’ confirmed Giddings had absconded from a regional facility that helps transition inmates back into society following the incarceration. Giddings had been held in federal prison after he plead guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Prosecutors fought in U.S. District Court to have Giddings classified as an “armed career criminal.”

A preliminary hearing in the shooting case is scheduled for Aug. 17. Giddings remains in custody at the Clackamas County Jail.

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