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Suspect in Washington homicide arrested after chase in Josephine County

Oregon State Police said that the agency was alerted by the FBI on Monday that a wanted man was heading south on I-5 into Josephine County.

Posted: Dec 7, 2021 9:24 AM
Updated: Dec 7, 2021 9:35 AM

WOLF CREEK, Ore. — Troopers and deputies arrested the suspect in a Washington state homicide case in Josephine County on Monday after he led them on a high-speed chase down I-5, according to Oregon State Police.

OSP was alerted around noon on Monday by the FBI that a wanted man, identified as Murray Maurice Edwards, was driving south on I-5 near Wolf Creek. Edwards had an active warrant out of Pierce County, Washington for homicide, and was reportedly driving in a 1999 GMC Suburban with California plates.

Troopers spotted the vehicle at the I-5 southbound Manzanita Rest Area. With the assistance of Josephine County Sheriff's Office deputies, troopers tried to approach the vehicle at the rest area, but OSP said that Edwards drove away, speeding south on I-5.

One trooper deployed spike strips on the freeway to disable Edwards' SUV, but the suspect "swerved aggressively" to avoid them. His speed and the sudden maneuver caused him to lose control of the vehicle and crash into a concrete center divider.

Officers took Edwards into custody without any further issues. He was evaluated at the scene by AMR staff before being taken to Three Rivers Medical Center. After another evaluation at the hospital, he was interviewed by FBI agents before being booked into the Josephine County Jail on the arrest warrant.

OSP said that local charges are being forwarded to the Josephine County District Attorney's office for potential prosecution.

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