Morrow County District Attorney Justin Nelson will bring charges against a man who allegedly pointed a gun at a deputy and was shot in late September.
A Morrow County grand jury recommended bringing the charges based on evidence presented by the district attorney.
Efren Hurtado, 26, will be charged with unlawful use of a weapon, menacing and carrying a concealed weapon. He is currently lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.
Hurtado was shot in the early hours of Sept. 22 in a parked Chevy Tahoe on the westbound side of Interstate 84 near the Boardman exit.
Nelson said the grand jury heard testimony and video indicating that Hurtado leaned out of the vehicle and pointed his gun at Morrow County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Haak, although Hurtado did not fire the gun.
According to Nelson, Haak did not expect anyone to be inside the vehicle, which he was tagging to be towed. But as he approached, Hurtado opened the rear passenger door, looked out, and pointed a gun at Haak.
Haak quickly fired two rounds, one of which struck Hurtado in the side of the head, dropping him but not penetrating his skull.
According to Nelson, Haak rushed back to his car for cover, called dispatch, and waited for other police officers to arrive. Officers arrived to find Hurtado unconscious with a revolver near his hand. Hurtado had been recovering at a Portland hospital.