RUFUS, Ore. — The mayor of a rural Oregon town is facing attempted murder charges following an incident of road rage Monday night.
The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said Rufus Mayor Dowen Jones was arrested Tuesday for firing multiple bullets from a handgun at a passing vehicle near Parkdale, KPTV reported.
Deputies said two adults and two children at around 8:45 p.m. were traveling south of Hood River on Highway 281 following an SUV that was driving erratically. The SUV then abruptly stopped.
Deputies said the family’s vehicle slowed down to get a description to report to authorities, but Jones got out of the vehicle and fired at the family’s car, damaging it. No one was hurt.
It was not immediately clear whether Jones had an attorney to comment on his behalf. Jones was identified as the suspected shooter and arrested in Rufus on Tuesday by deputies from the Sherman County Sheriff’s Office.
Jones was incarcerated at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections in The Dalles on one count of attempted murder and four counts of attempted first-degree assault.
Rufus is a small town east of Portland along the Columbia River.
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