Oregon mayor charged with attempted murder in connection with road rage incident

  • The mayor of a small town is accused of shooting at a family in an alleged fit of rage.
  • The family, which included a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old, was unharmed.
  • The mayor of Rufus, Oregon is scheduled to appear in court on November 10.

A small town mayor has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after he was accused of shooting at a family during a Halloween night road rage incident, local network KPTV reported.

On Monday night, a family of four called authorities after driving on Highway 281 behind an SUV the family said was driving “erratically” before going off the road.

As they slowed and passed the vehicle “to obtain a description of the suspect vehicle for the purpose of reporting erratic driving to the Sheriff’s Office,” a man, who appeared to be Dwayne Jones — the mayor of Rufus, Oregon, a town with a population of less than 300 — got out of the passenger side of the vehicle and fired at them, the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The family, including a 5-year-old and an 8-year-old, were not hit by bullets.

Authorities arrested Jones on Tuesday. He has been charged with one count of attempted murder and four counts of attempted first-degree assault.

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office and The Dalles Police Department are handling the investigation.

He is being held on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 10, NBC News reported.

Jones was elected in 2018 after receiving 76 votes, compared to other candidates who received four votes. Before serving as mayor, he was an electrician and photographer, the report said.

“It’s terrible. He’s a good man. It’s crazy,” Council President Scott Holliday said Wednesday, according to NBC News.

“Nobody understands exactly what happened, let alone why. People think the world of him. He’s just a good guy. So it’s very, very sad that something like this (happened). Nobody wants to see someone they like, who he likes them and they know they like him a lot, in trouble,” Holliday continued.

The Hood River County Sheriff’s Office and The Dalles Police Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

An attorney for Jones was not immediately available. Insider has reached out to Rufus City Hall for comment.

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