A man who witnesses say was armed with a rifle at the Jefferson County Fair in Madras Friday and fled into town before being shot by law enforcement is charged with multiple counts including attempted aggravated murder. He’s also reportedly been on the run from justice in California.
Rafael Gomez, 29 is booked at the Jefferson County Jail. The Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office says he is charged with:
- Attempted Aggravated Murder
- Unlawful Use of a Weapon
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Theft in the First Degree
Gomez was expected to be arraigned Monday afternoon. The charges will go to a grand jury later this week, the DA’s Office said.
Because the arrest involved police use of force, the DA’s Office said it would not provide more information until that investigation is complete.
The Madras Pioneer reports Gomez was considered a fugitive on July 13 due to a parole violation in San Diego County for taking a vehicle without the owner’s permission.
Gomez has also been convicted in Oregon of theft, giving false information to police and criminal trespass, the Pioneer reported.