SALEM, Ore. — A Salem man is in custody after allegedly stealing a car and threatening officers with two knives Monday morning.
Officers responded to a suspicious vehicle parked in the 4100 block of Sunray Avenue S after a resident reported the car in her driveway and two men looking at her home.
When officers responded around 11:11 a.m., they determined the vehicle was one that had been reported stolen in Albany. As the officers approached, they saw Randolph Dean Murie, 47, and another man flee the scene, said Salem Police Lt. Shawn Adams.
Adams said the two men matched the description of the suspects, so the officers followed them. The men fled on foot onto Browning Avenue S and traveled south on Kurth Street.
Officers caught up with Murie, who reached into his pockets and brought out two knives, one in each hand. Adams said he pointed the knives toward at least two Salem Police officers.
"The officers tried to negotiate a surrender, but he started to jab at his throat in an attempt to kill himself," Adams said.
Murie lacerated his throat after jabbing himself across his neck.
At least two officers used tasers in an attempt to subdue Murie, but they were ineffective. One officer struck Murie with multiple bean bag rounds, but the bags also were ineffective.
Adams said Murie turned and ran away from the officers as he was getting hit by bean bag rounds. The officers then cornered him against a fence.
Officers again used their tasers, this time successfully. Murie suffered a head injury when he collapsed on the ground.
It is unclear how long officers deployed the tasers each time.Officers took him to Salem Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
No officers were injured during the incident.
Murie is in Marion County jail facing multiple charges, including unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, two counts of being a felon in possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, possession of heroin, possession and distribution of meth, and a parole violation on a prior larceny charge.
The second man who fled the scene was not found. Adams said they will not continue searching him because there may not be enough probable cause to arrest him in relation to the stolen car.
Murie was convicted of identity theft, first-degree theft, menacing and failing to report as a sex offender in Marion County in 2012.
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