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  • Second Idaho fugitive out of hospital, in jail

  • The second of a pair of Idaho fugitives shot by police March 6 in north Medford was released from the hospital Friday and is in jail, police said.
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  • The second of a pair of Idaho fugitives shot by police March 6 in north Medford was released from the hospital Friday and is in jail, police said.
    Shavon Ruth Willard, 31, was released from Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center at about 4:30 p.m. Friday after being treated over the course of nine days, a Medford Police Department news release said.
    Willard is lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail as a fugitive from Idaho, jail records show.
    Her alleged partner in crime Wayne Eugene Pearson, 29, was released from the hospital March 7 and is lodged in jail without bail as a fugitive from Idaho.
    Pearson was also 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 reportedly spotted the pair on March 5 in Douglas County driving a white Dodge pickup. An Oregon Department of Justice agent spotted the truck the next day, parked at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road, police said. Before police backup arrived, the pair drove away, attempting to avoid following officers, police said
    Pearson turned the truck off of Hilton Road onto Northcrest Circle, a cul-de-sac near Best Buy, and allegedly slammed into a police vehicle when and officers attempted to block him in the cul-de-sac, police said.
    That's when four officers opened fire on the vehicle, causing Pearson to crash through a fence and come to rest in a yard before exited the truck and collapsing, witnesses said.
    At least 30 empty rifle and shotgun casing were scattered in the street at the scene of the incident, all of which were shot by police, witnesses said.
    Police would not comment on whether Pearson and Willard were armed.
    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.
    Reach reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com. Follow him at www.twitter.com/swhlr.
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