FBI: 'Small explosion' in suspect's vehicle after chase in Washington Co.

Jason Schaefer, prior jail booking photo

The man accused of fleeing authorities in Washington County and causing a small explosion Wednesday will likely lose his hand from his injuries, officials said.

Just before 4 p.m., FBI agents and local law enforcement attempted a traffic stop near Northwest 185th Avenue and Northwest Rock Creek Boulevard involving a suspect believed to live at a nearby apartment where authorities tried to serve a warrant for his arrest.

The suspect, identified as 26-year-old Jason Paul Schaefer, fled and led authorities on a chase. When his car stopped, a small explosion occurred and injured Schaefer and a responding deputy.

On Thursday morning, Investigators told FOX 12 Schaefer will likely lose his hand, most definitely several fingers due to his injuries in the explosion.

Schaefer will be in the hospital several more days before he's booked into jail. He allegedly used an explosive device that "he had to light to make it go off."

Authorities said additional charges against him will be very serious in nature.

The FBI had been tracking Schaefer. FOX 12 learned that Washington County Community Corrections received a call from an FBI bomb technician on Sept. 25 saying Schaefer had been buying things "that were causing concern to their agency," including explosive liquid, more than 100 electric matches and remotes designed to set off fireworks from a distance.

Three days later, the FBI reported Schaefer purchased at least one pound of hexamine, which can be mixed with other chemicals to form a compound, "which is frequently used in homemade explosive devices and also in a number of suicide bombings."

Neighbors of Schaefer said they were shocked and worried to learn he had allegedly stockpiled materials used for making explosives in his Rock Creek apartment.

One neighbor at the apartment complex who did not want to be identified told FOX 12 Schaefer moved there in June. The neighbor added that they didn’t like Schaefer because he was standoffish and rude, adding that he would throw his cigarette butts off his deck down onto patios below.

The neighbor said they were evacuated from their home yesterday as authorities searched Schaefer’s apartment, and was stunned to learn what investigators found.

“Hopefully he won’t be coming back,” the neighbor said, adding that it was disturbing to know that dangerous materials were being kept so close.

Zach Jones was only a few feet away when law enforcement descended on Schaefer's SUV.

"Part of the FBI was running over saying, 'Jason listen to me, I'm trying to help you out,' and trying to really get him to cooperate and he eventually did and they picked him up," Jones said.

The injured deputy is taking a few days off work to be with his family and he might have some hearing loss, but will be back on duty soon. The deputy has not been identified.

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