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Missouri State Trooper Shots Suspect in Macon County

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Terry Patton

A wanted felon was apprehended after being shot by a Missouri state trooper on Highway 36, west of New Cambria, Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports their office was contacted on the night of June 7 by the Chillicothe Police Department on a tip that 25-year-old Jeremy Lee Orona, who was wanted on felony Livingston County probation and parole warrants, was possibly driving a stolen vehicle near Bucklin, Missouri. A trooper responded to the call and located the vehicle in Bucklin. A pursuit by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Department, patrol aircraft and canine unit ensued.

After abandoning the stolen vehicle, Orona was picked up by a female acquaintance. Just after 2 a.m. on June 8, authorities stopped the vehicle driven by the woman west of New Cambria. Orona allegedly pointed a handgun at approaching officers and fired a shot from inside the vehicle. A trooper then fired one shot that struck Orona in the leg. He was then taken into custody and transported to the Macon Samaritan Hospital where he received treatment for a non-life threatening injury.

Jeremy Lee Orona was arrested on numerous charges, including a felony Livingston County warrant for burglary, two felony probation and parole warrants, tampering with a motor vehicle, first degree assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest, armed criminal action, felon in possession of a firearm, and felony possession of stolen property. He was incarcerated in the Macon County Jail.

The officer that shot Orona is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control.

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