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Man accused of pepper spraying trooper, breaking into three homes while running from police

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John Michael Auer (Courtesy: Tigard Police) John Michael Auer (Courtesy: Tigard Police)

After getting into a scuffle and pepper spraying a State trooper, police said a 24-year-old man tried to hide from police in Tigard by running into three homes Tuesday afternoon.

At 4:15 p.m. an on-duty Oregon State Police trooper spotted a suspicious vehicle along Southwest 129th Avenue. The trooper tried to contact the man in the car, but without warning that suspect became combative and began to assault the trooper.

The trooper and the suspect continued to move along the street in physical contact and at one point, a Taser was deployed by the trooper but was ineffective. The suspect allegedly deployed pepper spray into the face of the trooper.

A man who was driving by said he saw an officer chasing a man down the street and motion to him to call 911. The driver told Fox 12 he pulled over and made the call.

"The officer happened to make eye contact with me as I'm driving and motions up with the phone to his hand as he's sprinting," Sean Le, a passerby said.

Le said he pulled onto Southwest 129th Avenue where he saw the man run into the first of three homes.

"When I heard the first woman scream, I got out of my car and got my pistol out of my trunk," Le continued. "Before I could get up to the front door the woman is opening it back up and she's throwing the guy out, kicking him out, literally by the seat of his pants." 

Le said the man ran into the next home where he came in contact with a second woman who yelled at him to leave. 

"He ran out the back door and hopped the fence," the woman said.

According to police, the suspect ran to a third home where he scuffled with the homeowner and was eventually arrested on scene.

Tigard police identified the suspect as John Michael Auer. Auer is being charged with assault, two counts of burglary and escape, in addition to two warrants.

Police said Auer exhibited signs of a medical condition and was taken to a local hospital. He will be taken to jail once he is released from the hospital.

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