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Deputies: Fugitive arrested after running from police with stolen handgun

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Elijah Halverson mugshot from April 2015 (Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office) Elijah Halverson mugshot from April 2015 (Photo: Washington County Sheriff's Office)
WASHINGTON COUNTY, OR (KPTV) -

The Washington County Sheriff's Office arrested a wanted man after an extensive search on Tuesday.

WCSO said a deputy saw Elijah Andrew James Halverson, 21, near SW Farmington Road and SW 176th Ave in Aloha around 2 p.m. The deputy recognized Halverson and knew he was wanted and possibly armed with a handgun.

WCSO said Halverson ignored the deputy's commands to surrender and began running through a neighborhood.

More police arrived to the area to assist with the search. Deputies saw Halverson jumping over fences.

Halverson attempted to break into a least one home. According to WCSO, the homeowner pushed Halverson away from the doorway then armed himself with a large pair of scissors.

"I just have my wife, my daughter and my baby, nobody will be protecting them except me," said homeowner Niall Cochon. 

"I opened up the door and screamed at him, I said, 'what are you doing,'" said Cochon. "He was startled and looked at me and came forward, and he was doing that motion like, 'shhh don't saying anything.'"

Cochon said he hit him in the face and then ran inside and locked the door.  He then grabbed the baseball bat he keeps in his home for protection and went back to his yard.  By that point, he said Halverson had jumped the fence onto his neighbor's property.

"My neighbors, they have kids, so I started screaming for him to call the police," said Cochon. 

Deputies heard the homeowner yelling and focused their search in that area.

Around 3:30 p.m., deputies found Halverson in the back yard of a home in the 5500 block of SW 176th Ave. When deputies found Halverson, he did not have any guns on him, but deputies later found two loaded handguns buried in dirt under a house in a crawlspace. Deputies confirmed one of the guns was reported stolen.

Halverson was taken to the Washington County Jail and is being charged with felon in possession of a firearm, first degree aggravated theft, unlawful possession of a firearm, attempted burglary, criminal mischief, criminal trespassing and several outstanding warrants.

WCSO said he is being held without the possibility of bail and will likely face more charges as the investigation continues.

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