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  • Idaho fugitive shot by police out of hospital, in jail

  • One of two Idaho fugitives shot by police when he tried to ram an officer's car last week has moved from a hospital bed to a jail cell.
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  • One of two Idaho fugitives shot by police when he tried to ram an officer's car last week has moved from a hospital bed to a jail cell.
    Wayne Eugene Pearson, 29, was released from Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Friday after being treated for gunshot injuries. He is currently in the Jackson County Jail, held without bail on warrants from Bonneville, Jefferson and Bannock counties in Idaho. Pearson's passenger, 31-year-old Shavon Ruth Willard remains in the hospital, but police didn't disclose her condition, saying only that she was "stable."
    Pearson and Willard had been on the lam from Idaho authorities since Feb. 27, when they reportedly stole a truck and rammed a sheriff's vehicle. Pearson had warrants for burglary, grand theft and felony elude charges, along with a failure to appear warrant. Willard was wanted on a probation violation warrant.
    Oregon authorities spotted the pair in Douglas County Wednesday, March 5, driving a white Dodge pickup. An Oregon Department of Justice agent spotted the truck the next day, parked at the Biddle Road Motel 6. Before backup arrived, the pair drove away, apparently attempting to elude police in pursuit before they drove down Hilton Road near Highway 62. They then turned onto Northcrest Circle, a cul-de-sac near Best Buy. Pearson allegedly slammed the truck into a police car and officers opened fire. The truck sliced through a fence and came to a stop in a yard before Pearson allegedly exited the truck and collapsed.
    The case is still under investigation. It's not known when the facts will be presented to a grand jury, though that could net more local charges for Pearson and Willard.
    — Ryan Pfeil
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