Suspect arrested for Dee shooting

A suspect wanted for last week's shooting was caught Friday afternoon near Lost Lake Road.

Armando Cruz Macias, 38, was arraigned in Hood River Circuit Court on Monday for first-degree assault. He was arrested about 2 p.m. on Sept. 14 when a sheriff's deputy matched the description of the vehicle he was driving with that listed on his outstanding warrant. After calling for backup, the deputy signaled Macias to pull over and then handcuffed him and placed him in the patrol car without a struggle.

Hood River County District Attorney John Sewell said Macias was also charged with DUII after registering .12 on the intoxilyzer at the county courthouse shortly before being transported to NORCOR. In addition he was cited for driving while suspended and, as the investigation unfolds, Sewell said Macias could face additional charges, including attempted murder .

Macias, of Mexico, is being held on a $500,000 cash bail and will make his next court appearance on Monday to enter a formal plea.

Sewell said that at the time of his arrest Macias admitted to law enforcement officials that he had shot Juan Carlos Guiterrez, 23. He reportedly told deputies he had thrown the .38 caliber handgun used for the incident into a nearby river.

A nationwide warrant was issued for Macias just hours before his Friday arrest. He allegedly fled from a farm worker camp along Dee Highway Thursday evening after shooting Gutierrez five times in the back, collarbone, leg and arm. As of press time on Tuesday, Gutierrez was listed in stable condition at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, where he had been Life Flighted following the incident. However, Sewell said it is unclear whether his lower body will be permanently paralyzed.

Macias has refused to give a motive behind the crime and law enforcement officials are now interviewing witnesses to determine exactly what took place between the two men. Because of his medical condition, Gutierrez has been unable to make a formal statement.

Sewell said Macias has a criminal history which includes DUII convictions, giving false information to the police and attempting to elude pursuit.

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