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Byline: The Register-Guard

Officials identify man

in pursuit case

Investigators have identified the suspect who reportedly pointed a gun at a deputy after a pursuit Monday in the Gateway area of Springfield.

A report said the man is Donald James Shearer, 33. He also goes by the name Donald James Masella.

Shearer, address unknown, remains at large and Lane County sheriff's deputies are asking the public's assistance in locating him. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at 682-4150.

Shearer is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 170 to 190 pounds with short brown hair and hazel eyes. He has a tattoo on his right bicep of a laughing skull with a top hat and on his left bicep of a skull with a beard.

According to sheriff's investigators, Shearer failed to stop for a seat belt violation and led officers on a low-speed chase that ended in a parking lot on International Way in Springfield.

As a deputy approached him, Shearer turned and pointed a small, semi-automatic handgun at the deputy, investigators said. Shearer then ran into a nearby field and escaped.


Autopsy finds no foul play in man's death

COOS BAY - After an autopsy Wednesday, police have determined no foul play was involved in the death of a man found in the Coalbank Slough.

Police on Monday investigated a report of a body floating in the slough near 275 E. Johnson Ave. Investigating officer Sgt. Ron Robson said the man was later identified as Ray Embury, 54, a transient.

A press release from the Coos Bay Police Department did not mention cause or time of death.
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Title Annotation:General News; METRO
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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