Wounded Oregon deputy undergoes surgery

His condition is still serious after bullet removed from head



William Jack Parkerson

Karey Leigh Pascoe

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Klamath County, Ore., sheriff says a deputy shot during a traffic stop in Southern Oregon underwent successful surgery Friday to have a bullet removed from his head.

Sheriff Frank Skrah said Friday evening that Deputy Jason Weber’s brother had just advised him the deputy was out of surgery and doing well. Weber is still listed in serious condition in intensive care at OHSU Hospital in Portland.

Skrah said the 40-year-old deputy now has three titanium plates in his face and will need a couple of more surgeries. In the sheriff’s words, “He’s a tough kid.”

Weber was shot Wednesday. A man and a woman arrested in the shooting were in court Friday, where a judge set their bail at $10 million each.

District Attorney Rob Patridge said the case against William Jack Parkerson, 30, and his girlfriend, Karey Leigh Pascoe, 33, would go to a grand jury next week, and they would be arraigned Sept. 8.

“It’s very disturbing that we’ve had two violent shootings against police officers in one week in Southern Oregon: one in Medford where shots were fired, and in Klamath Falls where a deputy was shot,” Patridge said.

Patridge said Pascoe was in a 1989 black Jeep Cherokee with Parkerson at the time of the shooting. A third person in the jeep, identified by authorities as Christopher Holmgren, was held on a probation violation for associating with felons but was not charged in the shooting.

The Jeep was found near Rocky Point on the western shore of Upper Klamath Lake. Parkerson and Pascoe were arrested Thursday morning on the other side of the lake outside Chiloquin, a small town about 20 miles north of Klamath Falls.