Man Arrested after Allegedly Ramming Police Car; Shots Fired

Oregon City police fired shots at a suspect Saturday morning after officers said he rammed his vehicle into a marked police car.

Craig Abe Alan McCarthy, 30, city of residence unknown, reportedly attempted to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended by officers and an assisting K-9 unit. He was arrested and remains in custody on multiple charges.

Craig Abe Alan McCarthy.
Around 8:45 Saturday morning, Oregon City police officers headed to the 15900 block of Moss Way after reports of a suspicious vehicle that “showed up overnight” in that area.

A Gladstone Police Department K-9 handler responded to assist after they learned that the license plate on the vehicle had been previously reported stolen, police said.

Officers tried to make contact with the vehicle, but the driver — later identified as McCarthy — attempted to flee the scene. According to police, McCarthy allegedly rammed his vehicle intentionally into a marked police car and shots were fired by officers.

McCarthy was arrested after a short foot chase, officers said. He was taken to the hospital and treated for his injuries from the K-9 and crash, police said. An officer was also taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries from the crash.

Several officers were placed on administrative leave, according to the department’s standard policy for officer-involved shootings.

McCarthy was booked into the Clackamas County Jail and faces multiple charges stemming from this and other incidents, including second-degree assault, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, three counts of unauthorized use of a vehicle, recklessly endangering, attempt to elude a police officer, failure to perform the duties of a driver, seven counts of identity theft, several theft charges and parole violation.

His bond is set at $310,000, according to online jail records.

The Clackamas County Major Crimes Team is investigating the incident, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the OCPD tip line at 503-496-1616. Reference OCPD case no. 20-019044.

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