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Shots Fired During Pursuit Of Suspected Energy Drink Thief

MADRAS, OR -- Police say they heard shots being fired during a foot pursuit Wednesday afternoon, in Madras. Officers were chasing a man accused of stealing an energy drink from the Human Bean coffee kiosk on NE Plum Drive. 

The first arriving officer saw a man matching the suspect's discription crossing Highway 26; but he ran off as the officer approached. As other Madras oficers joined the foot chase, they say they heard gunfire. They awaited backup as the suspect ran uphill.

Christopher Chilton, a 53-year-old from Klamath Falls, was eventually taken into custody at gunpoint by Jefferson County deputies. He's charged with Escape III and misdemeanor Theft, and is due in court Thursday afternoon.

Chilton was arrested in Multnomah County in July for misdemeanor Theft, Trespass and Criminal Mischief, and was out on pretrial release. He's scheduled to appear in a Portland courtroom on those charges on September 28th. 

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