A Douglas County man was arrested after choking his wife, beating her father and fleeing authorities on the Fourth of July, according to authorities and court documents.
Michael Ray Powell of Oakland, 45, is accused of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and four misdemeanor counts, including driving under the influence of intoxicants. A deputy fired his gun while trying to apprehend Powell, according to the local sheriff’s office, but he wasn’t hit.
Powell remains held in the county jail, and the deputy who fired his gun was put on administrative leave, which is customary after law enforcement officer shootings. The Oregon State Police is investigating the shooting, the sheriff’s office said.
The incident unfolded late Wednesday after Powell’s wife, 41-year-old Shakota Ann Powell, told dispatchers that Powell had beaten her father and left in a truck, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Powell later called dispatchers, saying in part that he had a gun and that things wouldn’t end well if anyone followed him, the court document says.
A responder then phoned Powell’s wife, who was in the 100 block of Goodrich Highway. She said Powell had shown up drunk, that she told him to leave and that Powell choked her to the point that her breathing was restricted and she started seeing stars, according to the affidavit.
The woman’s father broke things up, she said, and Powell beat him up and left while making suicidal statements.
Powell, whose car had previously been spotted on a hillside on the property, then sped away. Deputies tried to pull him over, the court document says. It appears he nearly hit a patrol vehicle and that a deputy fired one shot.
Powell then allegedly sped back toward his home and into a field. He drove back toward authorities, and his wife pulled up in a different truck, blocking authorities from following him, according to the affidavit. She was visibly intoxicated and was holding a beer, the document says.
She was arrested for allegedly interfering with a police officer, deputies say. She was released from jail Thursday, records show.
Authorities continued pursuing Powell, who eventually went into his home, the affidavit says. One responder tried to Taser him, but it didn’t have any effect. That responder saw Powell holding a gun and ordered him to drop it, according to the affidavit.
He complied and was pulled from the home and detained, the court document says.