SALEM, Ore. (AP) – A Marion County, Ore., grand jury has indicted a 25-year-old man accused of wounding a sheriff’s deputy Dec. 6 after a police chase ended at a Christmas tree farm outside Salem.
The grand jury also said Wednesday that the deputy, James Buchholz, and Silverton police Officer Jason Bricker were justified in firing at the man.
The county district attorney’s office says Cody Marshall Edwards of Dallas, Ore., was indicted on charges including attempted aggravated murder, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude a police officer. A young woman with Edwards was indicted on four charges.
The case began when Silverton police started chasing a stolen vehicle. County deputies found the car abandoned in a field and witnesses said they’d seen a man on foot with multiple guns. Deputies searched for hours before Buchholz encountered the man, gunshots were exchanged and the deputy was wounded.
Bricker was among officers who responded to help the wounded deputy. The district attorney says Bricker fired one shot that hit Edwards in the leg. Edwards is now in the county jail.
Buchholz was treated at a Portland hospital and released after two days.