A Klamath Falls shooting resulted in a deputy being wounded in both the face and the side. Police have identified 30-year-old William Jack Parkerson as the alleged shooter and they say he is still at large.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office recently purchased a million dollar MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protection) vehicle that was originally intended for usage in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Police believe the militarization of the localized police forces is justified because they claim “America has become a war zone.”
Police say the Klamath Falls shooting occurred when the deputy pulled over the suspect, and it’s claimed he opened fire twice, hitting the deputy both times. Police say the unnamed deputy “did not even have a chance to draw his weapon because his weapon was in his holster.” Witness Danita Jones said she heard the gunfire from within her quiet residential neighborhood.
“It was probably around 11:47,” said Jones. “We heard a couple gunshots, and kind of freaked me out – and I didn’t want to go out walking around.”
In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah gave an update on the status of the wounded police officer.
“Everyday the dedicated men and women of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office go out to protect our community. Today is a sad day, a dedicated Sheriff’s Deputy was shot in the face and side during a vehicle stop. Fortunately, he is stable at this time and has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University. The family of the injured Deputy and the employees of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office want to thank all the members of the Major Crime Team and all public safety agencies in Klamath County. The Deputy is supported by the brotherhood of the law enforcement community that have come to assist in locating the suspect.”
The suspect in the Klamath Falls shooting is claimed to be a white male approximately 5 foot, 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. Parkerson is bald and has a chest tattoo that reads “Norte” and an abdomen tattoo that reads “Under no Law/United Nortenos Locos.” The Klamath Falls shooting suspect is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. Parkerson is believed to be driving a 1989 Jeep Cherokee with an Oregon Vehicle Plate Number of ZFQ 270.
If anyone spots the vehicle or suspect, they are warned not to approach and instead they are asked to call 911. Anyone with information or tips regarding the investigation of the Klamath Falls shooting should call the Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.