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  • One dead after shooting, crash

    Central Point drive-by leads to fatal high-speed chase
  • CENTRAL POINT — A drive-by shooting early Tuesday morning on Beall Lane climaxed in a high-speed chase along Old Stage Road that ended in a rollover, killing one of the passengers.
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  • CENTRAL POINT — A drive-by shooting early Tuesday morning on Beall Lane climaxed in a high-speed chase along Old Stage Road that ended in a rollover, killing one of the passengers.
    Jackson County sheriff's deputies have not yet released the name of the dead passenger, whom they described as a 17-year-old boy from Central Point.
    One of the victims, Erik Lee Dorey, 22, of Gold Hill, suffered a gunshot wound to the jaw. He was airlifted by helicopter to Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he was listed in serious condition.
    Dorey was driving a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo at the intersection of Beall and Circle Wood Drive around 4 a.m. when shots were fired.
    Dorey's passenger, Jennifer A. Knutson, 19, of Central Point, was treated with minor injuries that were not related to a gunshot wound, according to a Jackson County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman. On his Facebook page, Dorey says he is engaged to Knutson.
    The driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, Miguel A. Carbajal, 19, of Traver, Calif., was charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of felony assault, manslaughter, felony elude, driving under the influence of intoxicants and assault.
    Another passenger, Francisco J. Campos, 19, of Traver, Calif., is being treated at a local hospital. He is in custody, though deputies haven't revealed what the charges against him will be. (Correction: The age and hometown of Campos have been updated in this story after officials released corrected information.)
    Investigators still are trying to determine a motive behind the shooting, which blew out the driver's side window on the Isuzu, scattering glass over the street on Beall Lane.
    Police responded to the intersection of Circle Wood and Beall just after 4 a.m. following a 9-1-1 call reporting a stabbing in the area.
    Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said she couldn't comment specifically on the injuries that Knutson received, but said initial reports of a stabbing proved unfounded.
    When officers arrived, they found the Isuzu pulled off the road. Shortly afterward, police spotted the Impala traveling westbound on Beall Lane. When it ran a stoplight at Highway 99, an Oregon State Police trooper gave chase, Carlson said in a release. The vehicle continued at high speeds down Beall Lane and north on Old Stage Road, where it lost control in the 8200 block.
    The car spun several times and fell down a 40-foot embankment, ejecting the 17-year-old, who died at the scene, Carlson said.
    The high-speed chase ended about 15 minutes after the shooting and about eight miles from the crime scene.
    A tow truck pulled the car out from thick brush. The Impala was crushed after it rolled down the embankment.
    Investigators haven't revealed how many bullets were fired, though neighbors reported hearing three shots.
    Officers from the sheriff's department, the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team and the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit are still investigating the incident.
    Carbajal and Campos don't appear to have any criminal record in Oregon.
    Dorey has been arrested for charges related to assault and domestic violence issues, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.
    On March 3, 2010, Dorey was charged with felony assault and harassment and was lodged in jail. He was ordered to follow a domestic violence diversion program on June 30 of that year.
    On April 21, 2011, the court issued a restraining order in a domestic violence case involving Dorey. Court records also list warrants for his arrest for failure to appear in court.
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or by email at dmann@mailtribune.com. Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.
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