Klamath Falls, Ore.– Several law enforcement agencies are hunting for a man suspected of shooting a Klamath County Sheriff’s Deputy in the face during a routine traffic stop Wednesday afternoon. According to information from the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office, the Deputy pulled over a black 1989 Jeep Cherokee with Oregon plate number ZFQ 270 on Bisbee Street in Klamath Falls. At some point during the stop, a person in the vehicle fired a weapon, hitting the deputy in the face, and once in the side. The Deputy, whose name has not been released, has been transported to Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, where they specializes in head trauma. Officials say the is in stable condition at this time.
Several law enforcement agencies are looking for a person of interest in connection with the shooting. They have identified him as 30-year old William Jack Parkerson. He is described as a white male, 5′-11″, 180 pounds. He is bald and has a chest tattoo that reads “Norte” and an abdomen tattoo that reads “Under no Law/United Nortenos Locos.” Detectives say the suspect is considered armed and dangerous and warn residents to not approach him or his vehicle if you see it, but to call 911.
Any information or tips regarding this investigation should be routed to the Klamath Falls Police Department tip line at 541-883-5334.
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah said, “Everyday the dedicated men and women of the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office go out to protect our community. 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. I’d like to thank the Jackson, Modoc, and Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Offices, California Highway Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Marshall Service, and Air Medical Services (Emergency Airlift).”