PENDLETON - Police are searching for a man considered armed and dangerous in connection with the death of Jose Homero Campos, who was killed Sunday night when trying to cross Interstate 84 on foot while fleeing from gunmen.
Umatilla County District Attorney Chris Brauer said this morning that authorities are searching for Juan Manuel Rodriguez Jr., 25, who is described as a male Hispanic, about 5-foot-11. Brauer said that Rodriguez should be approached, if at all, with extreme caution. The public should call police if they have information about him.
On Monday, police arrested 33-year-old Kelly Joe Meyers of Pendleton and 16-year-old Kane Rodriguez on charges relating to Campos' death. Meyers was lodged at the Umatilla County Jail with bail initially set at $56,000. Rodriguez is at the Northeast Oregon Regional Youth Center but was expected to be moved to the jail after he is charged as an adult.
Both Meyers and Rodriguez were arraigned this morning on charges that included murder and other felony charges. In Oregon, murder is a Measure 11 offense, which, upon conviction, carries a minimum sentence of 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of early release or sentence reduction of any kind.
Campos, 24, was believed to have been living most recently in Hermiston, according to Brauer.
Campos was killed at about 8:20 p.m. Sunday. He was struck by a car while running in the eastbound lanes of I-84 near milepost 177.
Brauer said Tuesday that Campos was being pursued by gunmen on foot from an area north of I-84. An altercation involving gunshots began on Gun Club Road near the Umatilla Chemical Depot, investigators said.
Campos fled onto I-84 and was hit by a gold 1998 Dodge Voyager, driven by a Salem man. That man is not a suspect in the case and was not hurt in the crash. It is unclear if the impact of the car killed Campos or if he was killed by gunshot wounds.
An autopsy was conducted in Portland Tuesday morning, but the results have not been released. The autopsy is expected to determine if Campos received any gunshot wounds, and if so, if those wounds contributed to his death.
Anyone with information regarding Juan Rodriguez's whereabouts or other information on this case are asked to call any law enforcement agency in Umatilla County or 9-1-1. Oregon State Police is the lead agency in the investigation, and Det. Mike Wilson of OSP is the lead investigator and Sgt. Greg Sherman of OSP is the coordinating officer for the Major Crime Team.