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Man Involved in Shooting with Lane County Deputies Fails to Appear in Court; Nationwide Warrant Issued for Arrest
01/02/2009
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

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A Eugene-area man previously arrested for attempted murder related to a September 2008 incident in which he shot at Lane County sheriff deputies failed to appear last week in Lane County Circuit Court and is now wanted. Neither the suspect, nor his girlfriend who is also wanted on a misdemeanor warrant, has been seen since December 24th. Police and the Lane County District Attorney’s Office are asking for the public’s help to find them.
 
NATHAN MILES DIX, age 31, from Springfield, was arrested by Oregon State Police (OSP) detectives November 17th related to an arrest warrant issued following an indictment by a Lane County Grand Jury on two counts of Attempted Murder and one count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon Against a Person. He was lodged in the Lane County Jail where he remained until he was bailed out December 23rd pending a court appearance scheduled for December 29th.
 
The arrest followed an investigation into a September 1, 2008 incident in which Lane County Sheriff's Office responded to the 100 block of Bauer Lane related to a report of a suicidal person armed with a shotgun. When deputies arrived, DIX exited the home and fired at two deputies in the driveway. The deputies returned fire, striking and injuring DIX. Following the shooting, DIX was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital at RiverBend where he was treated until he was discharged.
 
DIX failed to appear at the December 29th court appearance and a nationwide felony Fail to Appear warrant was issued for his arrest.
 
DIX was last scene December 24th with his girlfriend, ANNIE JO WELCH, age 31, who reportedly has an outstanding fail to appear misdemeanor arrest warrant.
 
On December 30th the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious vehicle parked at the Cape Perpetua Lookout south of Yachats on the central Oregon coast. The 1991 Subaru Legacy four-door, which was reported parked at the lookout for at least four days, is registered to WELCH. Deputies responded to the area, located the car but were unable to locate anyone associated with the vehicle. OSP had the vehicle towed and impounded.
 
DIX is described as a white male, 5’07", 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. DIX has numerous scars and tattoos on his chest, back and arms. His right arm may have limited use because of injuries sustained in the September shooting. DIX should not be approached and is considered possibly armed and dangerous.
 
WELCH is described as a white female, 5’08", 120 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. WELCH has a tattoo on her right breast displaying clouds and a half moon.
 
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of NATHAN MILES DIX and / or ANNIE JO WELCH is asked to call Oregon State Police Northern Command Center dispatch at 800-452-7888 or their local police department.
 
The lead investigator is OSP Detective Andy Kenyon.