PRINEVILLE, OR -- On November 5, 2020, the Central Oregon Major Incident Team was activated in Crook County to investigate an incident involving the Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT officers discharged weapons during a high-risk traffic stop. CERT executed the traffic stop based upon information that Donald Matthew Freauff (Age 25, Redmond) was in Crook County with an outstanding parole warrant.
During the high-risk traffic stop, Freauff sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to St. Charles-Prineville. After receiving medical treatment, Freauff was discharged and lodged at the Crook County Jail last night with new criminal charges. Freauff has been charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Fleeing/Attempting to Elude a Police Officer, Recklessly Endangering Another Person and Reckless Driving. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues. Grand Jury proceedings are scheduled for next week.
In accordance with Senate Bill 111, the involved officers will be placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation. Further information will be released as the investigation continues.
Wade L. Whiting
Crook County District Attorney’s Office
300 NE Third Street
Prineville, OR 97754