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Man Arrested After Crash, Shots Fired at Vehicles, and Attempt to Steal Car in Roseburg
Lieutenant Douglas Ladd
Oregon State Police - Roseburg
Office: (541) 440-3334

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A Myrtle Creek-area man is in custody Saturday following a series of events starting with a single vehicle crash on Interstate 5 north of Myrtle Creek, shots fired at passing vehicles, and then an attempt to take a car from an auto dealership in Roseburg. There were no injuries.
According to Oregon State Police (OSP) Sergeant Bill Fugate, on April 25, 2009 at approximately 10:00 a.m. GREGORY SCOTT VANDENBOS, age 32, from Myrtle Creek, was involved in a non-injury single vehicle crash northbound Interstate 5 near milepost 111. After the crash, VANDENBOS allegedly exited his crashed vehicle and demanded a ride from other vehicles that stopped at the scene. VANDENBOS fired at least four shots from a handgun at the occupants of three vehicles that drove away to prevent getting hit by the gunfire.
After shooting at the vehicles, VANDENBOS fled on foot along the freeway while witnesses were calling 9-1-1. OSP troopers and Douglas County sheriff deputies responded to the scene. VANDENBOS subsequently obtained a ride from an unsuspecting commercial truck driver north to the McLain interchange near milepost 121 in Roseburg where he was let out.
An unidentified driver of a red pickup provided VANDENBOS a ride from the freeway to the Clint Newell auto dealership and dropped him off. VANDENBOS contacted employees at the dealership and demanded a vehicle, allegedly threatening he was armed but didn't display a firearm. Roseburg police responded to a report of a man with a gun at the auto dealership and took VANDENBOS into custody at 10:40 a.m.
OSP troopers and detectives working in conjunction with Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office and Myrtle Creek Police Department are lodging VANDENBOS in the Douglas County Jail for 3 counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree and one count of Robbery in the Second Degree. Additional charges are anticipated.
Troopers located the suspect's semi-auto handgun along the freeway where he dropped it while fleeing on foot from the shooting scene.
With the assistance of ODOT, northbound Interstate 5 was closed in the area of the crash scene until approximately 1:30 p.m.
Investigators have interviewed two of the 3 drivers in the vehicles reportedly shot at. The third driver left northbound in a late 1990 / early 2000 blue Ford pickup. Investigators seeking to interview the unidentified victim, the driver of the red pickup that gave the suspect a ride to the auto dealership, and any witnesses not interviewed by police to contact OSP Southern Command Center dispatch at (541) 776-6111.