FBI suspects Durham may have fled Oregon

FBI suspects Durham may have fled Oregon

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by KGW.com and AP Staff

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Posted on January 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 1 at 8:10 AM

WALDPORT, Ore. -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday it was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the shooting of a Lincoln City police officer earlier this month.

There is also now a federal fugitive warrant out for the arrest of David Anthony Durham, 43,of Sauvie Island.

"A federal fugitive warrant can be obtained when there is a reasonable belief that a suspect may have crossed state lines. In this instance, investigators cited the fact that Durham has expressed a desire to travel or is believed to have traveled to California, the Caribbean and Thailand in the past in order to obtain the warrant," explained Lt. Jerry Palmer with the Lincoln City Police Department.

On Sunday, the search for Durham in Waldport was featured on "America's Most Wanted," bringing national attention to the manhunt.

Last Friday, officers began pulling out of the coastal Oregon town where a massive police force had spent the week searching for a camouflage-dressed man who they believe shot and critically wounded police officer Steven Dodds.

One SWAT team stayed in case David Anthony Durham, 43, was still hiding among the vacation homes in a sleepy neighborhood in Waldport, about 147 miles southwest of Portland.

"Either Mr. Durham is long gone and we are in a way wasting resources with all the SWAT teams down there, or he is hunkered down in a house somewhere waiting for us to leave," Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda told OPB Radio's Think Out Loud.

"If he sees we are leaving and don't have that much presence any more, he'll surface," Miranda said.

Police had been hunting for Durham since Sunday night, when an officer from Lincoln City was shot during a traffic stop. Police chased Durham's vehicle down U.S. 101, and forced it to stop in Waldport with a spike strip. The driver fled on foot.

Family members described Durham, who lives on Sauvie Island, as an avid outdoorsman who designs his own camouflage clothing. They said he had become delusional after taking pain medication for an injured shoulder.

Background: Officer Steven Dodds shot during traffic stop

Lt. Palmer said Dodds' condition continues to improve and on Monday, he was awake, alert and "in good spirits" at the hospital after getting taken off ventilators.

 

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