GLADSTONE, Ore. (KOIN) — A suspect in an officer-involved shooting barricaded himself inside a Subway restaurant with a hostage Monday night, deputies said.
Officers initially tried pulling Jeffrey Carl Giddings, 45, over for a traffic-related violation around 6:20 p.m., police said during a press conference. He fled and was found by another officer a short time later in the Subway parking lot on SE McLoughlin Boulevard.
Giddings turned and opened fire at Sgt. Lee Jundt several times, police said. Jundt, who took a round in his ballistic vest, is said to be in “excellent” condition.
“I heard 6 gunshots and I saw a cop in the car shooting,” one witness told KOIN 6 News. “After that he got out and started running.”
Authorities said Giddings then went into the Subway restaurant with several people inside. He reportedly barricaded himself inside and took a woman hostage.
SWAT team members and snipers from multiple agencies were called in. They shot Giddings and were able to go into Subway and take the hostage out to safety.
The hostage situation ended shortly after 8 p.m. The woman who was held inside the restaurant was shaken up, but otherwise unharmed, deputies said.
“The hostage was in fear for her life,” Sgt. Brian Jenson said.
“…Giddings suffered non-life threatening injuries during the incident and is being treated at Emanuel Hospital. When he is released, he will be taken into custody and lodged at Clackamas County Jail on numerous charges,” Gladstone police said in a prepared statement.
Giddings had an active warrant for his arrest out of Klamath County for possession of heroin at the time police attempted to stop him for a traffic violation, according to police.
A criminal background check shows that prosecutors in Klamath County have filed nearly 30 separate cases against Giddings between 1994 and 2012.
Jeffrey Giddings ‘armed, career criminal’
Jeffrey Giddings has a very long rap sheet that includes local, state and federal charges. Prosecutors call him an “armed, career criminal.”
A very brief overview finds:
He was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2012 on one count of unlawful transportation of firearms. Two months later he took a plea deal to being a felon with a firearm, and was sentenced in June 2012 to 15 years in prison, with a scheduled release date of June 29, 2025.
But he appealed being sentenced as an “armed career criminal” and in February 2016, a panel of federal judges ruled Giddings was “not subject to the ACCA mandatory minimum sentence.” He was ordered to be resentenced.
In May 2016, the US Attorney’s Office wanted a 63-month sentence imposed for the April 2012 deal, and ultimately he was given 57-months with 3 years of supervised release.
KOIN 6 News reporters Andrew Dymburt and Brent Weisberg contributed to this report.