Police take shooting suspect into custody after overnight search

Police take shooting suspect into custody after overnight search
Michael Patrick Newell

GLADSTONE, Ore. -- Police and Clackamas County sheriff's deputies took a man accused of firing a shotgun at a deputy into custody early Thursday morning.

The sheriff's office identified the man as Michael Patrick Newell, 26. 

The incident began around 11:20 p.m., according to Lt. Robert Wurpes with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Gladstone Police were conducting a traffic stop when they said Newell drove off. He was later stopped by a deputy from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office and fled that stop as well, according to a sheriff's office spokesman.

The deputy chased Newell, who crashed his car near the intersection of Mabel Avenue and Merganser Court. That's when he Newell got out of the car and fired a shotgun at the deputy, Wurpes said. The shot hit the deputy's vehicle.

Deputies searched for Newell in the brush around Kellogg Creek. The Sheriff's Office activated their SWAT team to assist. Portland police joined the search and used an airplane with heat-seeking technology to help deputies find Newell.

Deputies used flash bangs to drive Newell out and took him into custody. Newell suffered minor injuries, Wurpes said.

It is believed the only injury in the incident came at the first traffic stop when a police officer was bit by a police dog.

Police urged neighbors to stay in their homes and not answer the door for strangers during the search.

Newell faces charges including attempted aggravated murder, ex-convict in possession of a firearm and attempt to elude.

Newell was previously convicted of assault in 2012 and robbery in 2005.