Two suspects arrested in Klamath Falls deputy shooting

Deputy Jason Weber underwent surgery at OHSU; 2 suspects in custody

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (KOIN 6) — William Jack Parkerson, the subject of a manhunt following the shooting of a Klamath County deputy Wednesday, has been arrested.

The 1989 Jeep Cherokee investigators believe William Parkerson was driving when a Klamath County deputy was shot. (KCSO)
The 1989 Jeep Cherokee investigators believe William Parkerson was driving when a Klamath County deputy was shot. (KCSO)

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge said early Thursday morning the 30-year-old Parkerson had been taken into custody on charges of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and assault in the first degree with a firearm.

Oregon State Police announced a few hours later a second suspect, 33-year-old Karey Leigh Pascoe, was also arrested on similar charges. Her exact involvement and her relationship to Parkerson is not yet known.

Deputy identified

Law enforcement also named the wounded officer following Pascoe’s arrest as Deputy Jason Weber, a seven-year veteran of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

Klamath Falls Deputy Jason Weber, in an undated photo. Deputy Weber was shot at a traffic stop on Aug. 27, 2014 (OSP)
Klamath Falls Deputy Jason Weber, in an undated photo. Deputy Weber was shot at a traffic stop on Aug. 27, 2014 (OSP)

“Deputy Weber is with his family at Oregon Health Sciences University currently undergoing surgery under the care of seven physicians and is in serious but stable condition,” Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said in a statement. “The family knows that the thoughts and prayers of the community go out to them at this difficult time.”

Around noon Wednesday, an unnamed deputy was shot in the face and side after pulling over the Cherokee on Bisbee Street in Klamath Falls. The deputy was rushed to Oregon Health Sciences University hospital and was in serious but stable condition as of Thursday afternoon, according to Skrah.

Skrah also said Weber ‘s surgery is now expected to happen Friday afternoon. His wife is with him, along with Weber’s brother, Eric, a Portland police officer.

“Now that the suspects are in custody I want to announce that Deputy Jason Weber, a dedicated deputy sheriff for seven years was the Deputy who is the victim of this brutal shooting.  It is the request of Deputy Weber’s family that all contact related to Deputy Weber’s condition be directed to the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.”

Vehicle found

Investigators found Parkerson’s vehicle between North Klamath and Rocky Point. Investigators said a black 1989 Jeep Cherokee with Oregon license plate ZFQ270 was used at the time of the shooting:

Parkerson, who has a tattoo on his chest that reads “Under no Law/United Nortenos Locos,” has a history of criminal mischief, assault and robbery-related arrests, court records show.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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