Wounded weighmaster suspect improves in LA

Dirck Morgan White was critically wounded in a shootout with the LAPD

Dirck Morgan White, 41, (side by side photos) is the suspect in the shooting death of a Clackamas County weightmaster, Feb. 6, 2014 (Clackamas County Sheriff's Office photos)
Dirck Morgan White, 41, (side by side photos) is the suspect in the shooting death of a Clackamas County weightmaster, Feb. 6, 2014 (Clackamas County Sheriff's Office photos)

OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) – A man sought on a murder warrant in the Feb. 6 fatal shooting of an Oregon weighmaster has improved to serious condition after being wounded in a gunfight with Los Angeles police.

The Oregonian reports that a Los Angeles police spokeswoman says Dirck White is no longer using a breathing tube. He had been listed in critical condition after being wounded Sunday. Hollywood-area police say the man fired at them after they responded to a reported car burglary.

Relatives of Grady Waxenfelter said in a statement that they’re relieved by the arrest.

The 47-year-old Estacada man worked as a weighmaster, enforcing trucking regulations. He was shot Feb. 6 after pulling over a pickup truck hauling a trailer loaded with firewood. The driver fled.

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