The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating the suspect in a drug-related shooting that occurred earlier on Thursday, Sept. 15 in the vicinity of Tarbell Road in Warren.
Jesus Ochoa, 48, whose last known address is in Rainier, has a temporary arrest warrant for his arrest. Ochoa is the suspect in a shooting that occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m.
According to authorities, Ochoa is well known to law enforcement, as is his victim, Anthony Connelly.
Connelly, 36, has a last known address in Portland. Both have spent time in the Columbia County Jail.
The shooting occurred after a dispute between Ochoa and Connelly occurred inside the St. Helens city limits. The two then traveled to Warren. At least one shot was fired and hit the victim, who drove himself to a fire station seeking help.
Connelly was then transported to a Portland area hospital by ambulance with serious injuries. He was released later Thursday after receiving treatment for a non-life-threatening head wound.
"Although we do not have a weapon, yet, it appears it may have been a small caliber handgun round that went though a car window before striking the victim in the head," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "The round, apparently, did not enter the skull."
Several residents in the area of Tarbell Road and Shamrock Lane have reported finding evidence or seeing suspicious activity. As of 1 p.m. on Sept. 15, the suspect was still at large.
"Although the suspect is considered armed and dangerous, we believe this to be an isolated incident," said Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. "We believe the shooter and victim know each other and that the event is the result of a dispute between the two."
Officers from the St. Helens and Scappoose Police departments along with Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies are searching for the suspect. Oregon State Patrol was also called into to assist.
Investigators consider Ochoa to be armed and dangerous and the public is cautioned against taking any action on their own. Anyone who may know of Ochoa's whereabouts, should note their location and call the Columbia County Sheriff's tip line at (503) 366-4698 or notify your local law enforcement agency.