Small explosion in suspect's vehicle during OR traffic stop, police say

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 12, 2017

At approximately 3:56 pm, Federal Bureau of Investigation task force officers with Washington County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police attempted a traffic stop near NW 185th Avenue and NW Rock Creek Boulevard.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the sheriff's detective spotted a man he knew was wanted for violating the terms of his probation, the agency said. The driver, believed to be the resident of the apartment being searched, did not stop.

The detective initiated a traffic stop on the man's SUV and the man failed to stop.

The suspect fled from the traffic stop, leading the officers on a brief chase.

A Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy who was approaching the vehicle as the explosion occurred was admitted to a local hospital for evaluation and the suspect was also taken to a hospital to be evaluated. He was not identified by the sheriff's office.

Other deputies arrived and took Jason P. Schaefer, 26, into custody for violating the terms of his probation. He also received treatment at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries sustained in the explosion.

Schaefer was previously convicted in April on the charge of felon in possession of body armor.

Schaefer also allegedly purchased remotes meant to set off fireworks from a distance and more than 100 electric matches, court documents said.

In addition to OSP and WCSO, agencies involved in the search of the apartment, which was described as ongoing, include the Portland Police Bureau, the Metropolitan Explosive Disposal Unit, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Washington County Animal Control.

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