Idaho woman shot by police last week out of hospital and in jail

The second of a pair of Idaho fugitives shot by police March 6 in north Medford was released from the hospital and is in jail, police said.

Shavon Ruth Willard, 31, was released from Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center at about 4:30 p.m. and is lodged in the Jackson County Jail on an Idaho arrest warrant, according to a Medford Police Department news release.

A jail official said Willard is at the jail, but she has not been booked yet.

Her bail will be set at $75,000, the news release said.

Her alleged partner in crime Wayne Eugene Pearson, 29, was released from the hospital a week ago and is currently lodged in jail without bail as a fugitive from Idaho.

Pearson and Willard were both treated for gunshot wounds while at the hospital, police said.

The pair had been on the lam from Idaho authorities since Feb. 27, when they reportedly stole a truck and rammed a sheriff's vehicle in eastern Idaho, police said.

Pearson had Idaho warrants for burglary, grand theft and felony elude charges, along with a failure to appear warrant, and Willard was wanted on a probation violation warrant, police said.

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 vehicle and officers opened fire. The truck crashed through a fence and came to a stop in a yard before Pearson exited the truck and collapsed, witnesses said.

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, the news release said.

— Sam Wheeler


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