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  • Idaho fugitives shot by police reportedly on the run since Feb. 27

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  • An Idaho couple who were shot by police and crashed their truck into a fence in a northeast Medford neighborhood are wanted in two Idaho counties on aggravated battery, burglary, grand theft and elude charges, the Bonneville County Sheriff's Department reported.
    Sheriff's Lt. James Foster said 29-year-old Wayne Pearson and 31-year-old Shavon Willard have been on the run from police since Feb. 27 when they allegedly stole a truck, then tried to run a sheriff deputy's vehicle off the road by ramming it. Pearson is believed have been driving during that incident. Willard is wanted on warrants charging her with failure to appear.
    "We've been searching for them since we had the vehicle stolen here," Foster said. "There are other charges we're investigating them for."
    Both Pearson and Willard were apprehended by police after officers from multiple agencies opened fire on their vehicle, a white 1998 Dodge truck, around 3 p.m. Thursday. Officers from the Medford Police Department, Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol, Firearms and Explosives and the Oregon Department of Justice were involved in the shooting.
    The truck had been spotted driving away from Motel 6 on Biddle Road, making attempts to elude police. The pursuit ended in a neighborhood on Hilton Road and Northcrest Circle — behind Best Buy — when the truck allegedly attempted to ram a vehicle and police opened fire. Both Pearson and Willard were transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center.
    "It's unfortunate it ended the way it did," Foster said.
    An update on their conditions wasn't available this morning.
    — Ryan Pfeil
    We'll update this story as information becomes available.
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