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3 Year OSP F&W Investigation Leads to Arrest of Irrigon Man for Aggravated Animal Abuse
06/28/2010
Grant County District Attorney's Office
(541) 575-0146
 
Sergeant Tim Brown
OSP Fish & Wildlife Division - Pendleton
(541) 278-4090 ext. 4870

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Following a near three year Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into a shooting of a steer in Grant County, an Irrigon man was arrested Sunday afternoon in Kennewick, Washington after a Grant County Circuit Court judge issued three felony arrest warrants.
 
According to OSP Sergeant Tim Brown, in July 2007 Trooper Marv Ritter began investigating a case of a steer shot and killed on the North of Fork of the John Day River near Monument, Oregon. The steer's owners reported the incident after finding the dead steer. Ritter collected DNA evidence at the scene and submitted it to the OSP Forensic Services Division for analysis and possible identification of a suspect.
 
The forensic analysis identified a convicted felon named JAMES DEREK GARRETT, age 22, from Irrigon, as a suspect. The continuing investigation led to a search warrant being served June 11, 2010 at GARRETT's residence. During the search warrant execution, GARRETT was arrested for Felon in Possession of a Firearm.
 
Information and evidence collected over the three year investigation resulted in the Grant County Circuit Court judge signing three felony warrants for GARRETT's arrest charging Aggravated Animal Abuse in the First Degree, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree.
 
On June 27, 2010, Ritter and Senior Trooper Earl Connell assisted Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife with locating GARRETT at a Kennewick-area apartment. GARRETT was arrested by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Officer Fulton as a Fugitive from Justice and lodged in the Benton County, Washington jail pending extradition to Grant County, Oregon for an appearance on the three felony charges.
 
Questions should be directed to the Grant County District Attorney's Office.