Metolius man facing attempted murder charges; fired shots into home


A Metolius man has been arrested on attempted murder charges after shooting at least two rounds into a house earlier this week, according to police.

The incident happened Tuesday around 11:30 a.m. when witnesses told police a man visiting a home in the 800 block of SW 3rd St. pulled a handgun from the truck he was in and shot toward the house.

Sgt. Steve Webb said no immediate property damage was seen and no one was injured.

The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Cristobal Gomez-Tapia, left the home in a red truck, heading north on SW 3rd St.

Within an hour of the incident, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spotted the truck abandoned on private property between Madras and Metolius.

Webb said Gomez-Tapia left the area and over the next 24 hours, efforts were made to find him and secure a search warrant for his home in Metolius.

Because of the nature of the investigation and a firearm was involved, members of the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team were activated and on Wednesday, while leaving his home, Gomez-Tapia was apprehended by CERT without incident.

Webb said the search warrant revealed several firearms, ammunition as well as about 7 ounces of methamphetamine and 3 ounces of heroin, some of which were packaged for sale as well as scales.

Gomez-Tapia was taken to the Jefferson County Jail and booked on several charges including attempted murder, first-degree attempted assault, and unlawful use of a weapon.



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