Update #4: Caldwell book on Fugitive status: Agg ATT Murder PC out of Oregon: Suspect Caldwell is 40 yrs not 23: Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies arrests man after pursuit who was shot by Oregon Officer. Suspect in hospital (Photo)
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Update: #4 Caldwell is now being held on a "Fugitive" status due to Oregon State Police getting a warrant of arrest signed for charges of Attempted Aggravated Murder and Felony Assault. He will go before the Superior Court in Cowlitz County tomorrow to face these new charges along with the local charges listed previously.
Update#3: Mon - July 20th. Eric Caldwell has been released from St. John Hospital in Longview and booked in the Cowlitz County Jail on Felony Eluding and Reckless driving. No bail. His first appearance will be tomorrow. We do not know if it will be in person or by video. Questions regarding his court appearance should be directed to the Cowlitz County Superior Court.
There will be more charges forthcoming out of Oregon soon. Questions regarding the events and charges out of Oregon should be directed to the Oregon State Police.
Update#2: Attached is a photo taken at the time the Cowlitz Deputies arrested Eric Caldwell last night. The photo shows (left to right) Eric Caldwell in custody of Cowlitz deputies James Hanberry, and Ness Aguilar (arresting Deputy), (? officer?) and Deputy Geary Enbody (jumping out of burning patrol SUV). The SUV on fire was actually Deputy Aguilar's. Deputy Enbody had briefly jumped in the SUV as he noticed a small fire under it and tried to move it away from the grass fire. Other deputies and officers in the area put the fire out with their fire extinguishers. Enbody received a small minor burn on his arm, no one else was injured. The SUV is at the county fleet shop being checked by mechanics. It appears that the fire was started by tall grass under the SUV touching the exhaust catalytic converter.
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Update: Caldwell is 40 years of age, not 23 as previously report: He is still in St John hospital under guard by Cowlitz Sheriff Deputies. We do not know when he will be released from their care.
Cowlitz County, Wash - Columbia County Sheriff Deputies were in pursuit of a stolen vehicle that was being driven by a man who had hit a Scappoose Officer with the stolen car as they attempted to stop it. Another Scappoose Officer shot the driver during the incident. The driver and a female passenger fled north through Rainier and the vehicle was spotted by Cowlitz County Deputies as it came into Washington across the Longview Rainier bridge. Deputies and officers from other Washington law enforcement agencies pursued the vehicle to I-5 where it went across the median near Mile Post 32. The suspect stopped and was taken in to custody. The female passenger was taken in to custody for questioning and released.
The suspect was transported to St. John Hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening gun shot wound to the chest and arm.
The suspect is Eric A Caldwell of Portland, 23yrs. Caldwell is under 24 hour watch by Cowlitz Deputies and will be booked in to Cowlitz jail when he is released by the hospital. Oregon State Police will be the lead agency handling the investigation that occurred in Oregon.
A Cowlitz County Sheriff's patrol car sustained minor damage when it caught on fire briefly during the stop on the freeway.
All media questions regarding the incident in Oregon should be directed to the Oregon agencies.
We will not be describing the suspects medical condition further.
We will send an update when the suspect is booked.
We will not be taking calls tonight. I will be available for calls tomorrow after 8:00 a.m.
Chief Criminal Deputy
Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office
Cowlitz County Sheriff Recruiting for Reserve Deputies
The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office is currently accepting applications to join the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Reserve Unit. In order to apply to become a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, you must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver's license, high school diploma or G.E.D., and pass a basic physical and written test as well as an in-depth background investigation including criminal history and oral interview process. Applications must be completed and submitted by Oct 1, 2015.
Applications can be picked up in person at the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. For additional information, contact Deputy Jordan Spencer at firstname.lastname@example.org