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Man faces federal charges after White City DQ police shooting

A man charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with attempting to shoot Jackson County sheriff’s deputies near an ice cream shop in White City now faces new firearms and drug charges.

Terril Jacob Boss, 36, was charged Tuesday with federal charges that include possessing controlled substances with intent to distribute and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime stemming from a July 21 incident that culminated in Boss being shot twice by police outside a Dairy Queen, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Medford.

The court documents further describe a seizure of dealer quantities of methamphetamine and heroin hidden inside a Ford F-150 pickup, as well as inside the fuel tank of a 2006 Kawasaki Ninja sport bike.

The documents shed new light on the narcotics investigation and alleged attempted shooting that prompted sheriff’s deputies to shoot Boss in the parking lot of a Dairy Queen at 10:03 p.m. July 21 — minutes after the DQ closed for the night.

For three days leading up to the shooting, the multi-agency Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force had been searching for Boss, who they had reason to believe was in possession of at least three-quarters of a pound of methamphetamine hidden inside the cab of the Ford truck, according to an statement filed Tuesday by a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives agent.

MADGE detectives also had reason to believe Boss had obtained a firearm, according to the ATF and an earlier news report.

MADGE got a tip the evening of July 21 that the Ford linked to Boss and a black and green 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle were parked at the DQ, and a MADGE detective referred the information to the sheriff’s office’s patrol division. A patrol sergeant and a patrol deputy searched inside the DQ looking for Boss before making contact with him in the parking lot.

Police detained Boss in the parking lot, but during a pat-down Boss changed his story about weapons, according to the ATF.

“Boss initially told the deputy he did not have a weapon, but then stated he did have a weapon but refused to tell the deputy the location of the weapon,” the statement reads.

Boss began to “resist arrest and reach for a firearm” in his waistband, according to the ATF. The sheriff’s deputy and sergeant took Boss to the ground in the struggle.

“Law enforcement told Boss repeatedly to ‘stop’ and not to ‘reach’ for the firearm,” the ATF states

Once Boss grabbed his handgun with his right hand, sheriff’s deputies shot Boss twice. The shooting was justified by a Jackson County grand jury in early August.

Boss’ gun was described as Springfield Armory XD-S .45 caliber pistol that had been reported stolen out of Nevada, according to the ATF. The handgun had one round in the chamber and five others in a magazine.

Police obtained search warrants for the pickup and motorcycle on July 24. Inside the truck, police found 12 packaged baggies each containing user amounts of suspected heroin, and a bag containing three quarters of an ounce of crystal methamphetamine.

Inside the motorcycle’s fuel tank, investigators found a “large zipper bag” containing more than half a pound of meth, three ounces of suspected heroin, digital scales and drug packaging, according to the ATF.

Boss survived his injuries from the shooting, and has been held in the Jackson County Jail without bail since Aug. 25 on still-pending state charges that include manufacturing, delivering and possessing heroin; manufacturing, delivering and possessing methamphetamine; unlawful use of a weapon and attempted first-degree assault with a firearm, Jackson County Circuit Court records show. Boss is scheduled to stand trial on the state charges in late January.

No court appearances have yet been scheduled in the federal case, Oregon U.S. District Court records show.

Boss is also awaiting extradition to Carson City, Nevada, where he faces felony burglary charges, according to Jackson County Circuit Court records.

Boss has multiple prior felony convictions dating back to 2006 on charges of forgery, attempted burglary, grand larceny of a motor vehicle, burglary, ex-felon in possession of a firearm and eluding a police officer, according to the ATF.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

Terril Jacob Boss, 36, faces federal drug and firearms charges alleging he possessed a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime prior to a July officer involved shooting outside a Dairy Queen in White City. Jackson County Jail booking photo.