Police seek escapee, person of interest in Klamath Falls shooting

Update (09/11/2017 4:30 p.m.) – Police have taken a man wanted in connection with an attempted murder into custody.

18-year-old Brittain McAuliffe was taken into custody without incident after a SWAT operation at a residence in at 8th and Oak in Klamath Falls, according to Klamath County District Attorney Eve Costello.

McAuliffe is being held on charges of attempted murder, assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

“The dedication, patience and caution exhibited by all of the law enforcement community was exemplary,” Costello wrote. “The past 48 hours was stressful and tense, demanding 24-7 devotion and receiving it.  Thanks go out to Klamath Falls Police Department, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police and Klamath Community Corrections for putting their lives on the line to protect our community. “

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Klamath Falls, Ore.- An early morning call Saturday led police to a woman lying in a bike path, covered in blood. Police said in a release Monday the woman had been shot and they are now looking for a person of interest in the case.

According to police, officers received a call about 6:47 a.m. Saturday, September 9, to do a welfare check on a woman in the area of Foothills Boulevard and Homedale Road. When they arrived, they found the woman unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds. The woman was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center, then transferred by air to Oregon Health & Science University. Her name and condition were not immediately released.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated to investigate the shooting and named Brittain “Britt” McAuliffe, 18, a person of interest in the case.

McAuliffe is an escapee from the Riverbend Youth Correctional Facility in LaGrande and is currently wanted by the Oregon Youth Authority. He’s described as 5’10”, 166 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Police said McAuliffe should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911.

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