Deputy, officer cleared in shooting after chase, search near Silverton
SALEM, Ore. - A Marion County grand jury says a sheriff's deputy and a Silverton police officer were justified in opening fire on a suspect after a chase and search near Silverton earlier this month. The suspect was wounded by gunfire.
Deputy Jim Buchholz was wounded after he exchanged gunfire with the suspect, 25-year-old Cody Marshall Edwards, Dec. 6.
Buchholz, along with Silverton police Officer Jason Bricker, who shot and wounded Edwards, were both cleared by the grand jury in the shooting.
The same grand jury indicted Edwards on multiple charges, including attempted aggravated murder, assault in the first degree and possession of methamphetamine as well as other charges.
Buchholz got into the gunfight with Edwards after Buchholz found him in a Christmas tree farm near Silverton.
Silverton police had requested help from deputies after they began chasing a stolen 2013 Hyundai Elantra driven by Edwards with 22-year-old Robecca Lee Ensminger as his passenger, according to the Marion County district attorney's office.
Police found the car abandoned near 117th and Sunnyview Road NE and witnesses told them they saw the suspect in a wooded area nearby. They told police the man was armed with several guns.
After several hours of searching, Buchholz found Edwards in the Christmas tree farm. A confrontation ensued and gunfire erupted between Buchholz and Edwards, according to the DA. Buchholz was hit and wounded. He retreated and treated his own wound with a medical kit. He was later taken to a hospital in a medical helicopter and spent two days recovering there.
The district attorney's office says other police officers responded to the shooting scene to help Buchholz. During this time they encountered Edwards and Officer Jason Bricker fired his gun, hitting Edwards in the leg.
A 50-minute standoff followed and a Salem police negotiator was able to talk Edwards into surrendering. Edwards was taken into custody and treated for his injury at Salem Hospital.
His companion, Ensminger, was found near a barn in a nearby field, the DA said.
She was also indicted by the grand jury and faces charges of possessing meth, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, hindering prosecution and initiating a false report.
Edwards is in the Marion County Jail and is being held without bail. He is expected to appear in court Thursday, Dec. 19. Ensminger is expected to appear in court at the same time.