Missouri trooper involved in shooting during pursuit

Posted: Jun. 9, 2014 8:48 am Updated: Jun. 23, 2014 10:15 am

NEW CAMBRIA, Mo. -- A trooper with the Missouri State Highway Patrol was involved in a shooting Sunday morning after a pursuit.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the trooper fired one shot that hit Jeremy Lee Orona in the right leg. Orona was taken into custody and transported to Macon Samaritan Hospital with a non-life-threatening injury. He was treated and released. Orona is being held in the Macon County Jail on multiple charges.

Orona, 25, of Chula, was wanted on Livingston County probation and parole warrants. Chillicothe police advised Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B headquarters that Orona was driving a stolen pickup in the Bucklin area. An officer attempted to stop the pickup around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, but the driver fled. The trooper pursued the pickup through Bucklin and on to county roads in Macon County.

Orona abandoned the truck in a bean field on Aqua Street, approximately two miles east of the Linn County line and fled on foot. Around 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, officers determined Orona had been picked up in New Cambria by a female acquaintance. At approximately 2:10 a.m., state troopers and deputies with the Macon County Sheriff's Department stopped the vehicle on U.S. 36, just west of New Cambria. As officers approached the vehicle, Orona pointed a handgun at officers and fired a shot from inside the vehicle.

Orona was arrested on first-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, armed criminal action, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, tampering with a motor vehicle, two felony probation and parole warrants and traffic charges.

Police said no one else involved in the incident was injured. The officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.

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