CBPD release – On September 6, 2019, at about 11:17 a.m., Coos Bay Police Officers were patrolling Walmart in Coos Bay. An officer observed a vehicle driving in the parking lot of Walmart. The officer noticed that the vehicle had a plate on it that was reported stolen out of North Bend earlier that morning. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle and the vehicle began to elude at a high rate of speed. The officer pursued the vehicle to the area of Madison Street. The vehicle came to a stop and the driver fled on foot. A passenger later identified as Anthony Morse, remained in the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. The officer recognized the operator of the vehicle as Joel Jones, as he was fleeing. After further investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Medford on September 3, 2019. There were two firearms located in the vehicle that appeared to be real but were later identified as BB guns. Madison Elementary and Sunset Middle School both went into lockdown as a precaution due to the situation. Coos Bay Police were assisted by Deputy Boswell and his patrol canine, Raven. Deputy Boswell and Raven attempted to locate Jones. Canine Raven led officers to a residence in the area. The officers searched the residence and located Shane Crousser, who had an unrelated outstanding warrant for his arrest. Crousser was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Coos County Jail. Jones was not located in the residence. Morse was transported to Coos County Jail on the charges of Parole Violation and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. The Coos Bay Police Department was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Coquille Indian Tribal Police and Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians Tribal Police.

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