Southern Oregon Couple Arrested After Officer Involved Shooting

On Friday, May 19, at 5:26 a.m., Douglas County dispatchers began receiving reports of a disturbance in the 100 block of Idleyld Park Lane in Idleyld Park. As deputies were responding, it was reported that a male was making threats toward others and carrying a brick. A subsequent report was made that gunshots were heard, and that the male was carrying multiple firearms.

Deputies arrived on scene at approximately 5:49 a.m. They began challenging the male, identified as 55-year-old Henry Charles McQuatters of Glide, who was in possession of two firearms. A subsequent radio transmission by deputies indicated shots had been fired by law enforcement.

McQuatters was transported to Mercy Medical Center for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was later discharged and taken into custody by detectives on charges of First Degree Burglary, Attempted First Degree Burglary, Fourth Degree Assault, Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

His wife, 62-year-old Glide resident Cindy Kay McQuatters, was also arrested by Detectives for Attempted Assault on a Public Safety Officer, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Interfering with a Police Officer, Hindering Prosecution, Obstructing Governmental Administration, and Resisting Arrest.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is investigating the officer involved shooting, with the Oregon State Police assigned as the lead investigating agency for the shooting incident. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team consists of investigators from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Roseburg Police Department and Oregon State Police working in consultation with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the related criminal case preceding the officer involved shooting.

The involved deputy, whose identity is being withheld at this time, has been placed on non-disciplinary paid administrative leave as a normal procedure while the shooting is investigated.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation of a crime, and a suspect is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Source: DCSO

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