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Salem police searching for 'armed and dangerous' attempted murder suspect

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Richard Jay Wheeler is wanted by police on attempted murder charges (prior jail booking photo) Richard Jay Wheeler is wanted by police on attempted murder charges (prior jail booking photo)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Detectives are searching for an attempted murder suspect who escaped from police after running away from a crash scene.  

Richard Jay Wheeler, 52, is wanted on charges of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

Detectives said he was involved in a disturbance over domestic issues and fired a gun at the victims in this case on Jan. 7. Nobody was hurt.

A Salem police officer later spotted Wheeler's vehicle, but investigators said Wheeler crashed in an attempt to get away from the officer and was then able to escape on foot.

Wheeler is a white man, 6'1" and 180 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a goatee-style beard.  He may be driving a blue Nissan or Toyota pickup with a matching canopy.

Police said Wheeler should be considered armed and dangerous. The public is advised not to approach him.

Anyone who sees Wheeler should call 911. Anyone with information about his location is asked to call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.

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