Officer Shooting Suspect Faces Charges

BENTON COUNTY, Ore. — The man arrested for shooting two deputies faces several charges.

On August 11, police received a called that Demecio Cardenas, 32, wanted out of California, was trespassing with a gun in the North Albany area, and driving a stolen vehicle. According to the investigation, police chased Cardenas in their cars until he drove off the road and ran away to hide. After they used a taser on him, he shot the two deputies and then the deputies shot him.

The Benton County District Attorney ruled the deputies’ use of deadly force was justified.

This week, Oregon State Police told Cardenas that he faces the following charges:

* Attempted Aggravated Murder (2 counts)
* Assault in the First Degree
* Assault in the Third Degree
* Assaulting a Public Safety Officer (2 counts)
* Felon in Possession of a Firearm
* Unlawful Use of a Weapon
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Cardenas is recovering in a Portland hospital. One of the officers remains in the hospital. The other has returned to duty.

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