The Grand Jury returned an indictment against Clayton Emil Huff, of Eagle Point, charging him with attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, robbery and assault each in first degree, assault and attempted kidnap each in second degree and attempting to elude a police officer. Huff will be arraigned this week.
The charges are a result of an incident that occurred about noon Saturday, Feb. 27 when Huff was on a test drive of a Mustang and as is usually the practice, the car salesman was with him. The Lithia salesman pulled into the parking lot at the First Nazarene Church on McAndrews, east of Crater Lake Ave. in order to allow the prospective customer to drive the car.
It apparently was at that point that a fight was reported and a gunshot was heard. Officers arrived on the scene within three minutes and found the salesman, Robert Joe Johnson, age 32, wounded and on the ground at the parking lot. At the same time, a subject fled the scene in a gray-colored Mustang. The first police officer stayed with the victim who had been shot in the abdomen while other officers engaged in pursuit of the fleeing vehicle.
The chase took them north on Crater Lake Avenue and to Highway 62 at a high rate of speed. The chase continued as the suspect turned on to Highway 140. He turned on to Obenchain Road where he crashed. He was arrested without incident and take into custody.
The suspect is Clayton Emil Huff, 49, of Eagle Point. The victim, who underwent surgery and is recovering is Robert Joe Johnson, 32, of Medford.
On Tuesday, Mar. 2, Medford PD determined there was no connection between the suspect (Huff) and the victim (Johnson) or any drug transaction.
Damage to the Mustang indicates it may have been involved in a collision with another vehicle while the suspect was attempting to elude police.
Additionally, Medford Police are requesting assistance from the public in locating the suspect’s personal vehicle, which is described as a black 1991 Chevy pick up with oversized tires and Oregon license 015 BZH.
Anyone with information regarding the location of the suspect’s vehicle or a vehicle that could have collided with the stolen Mustang is requested to call the Medford Police as soon as possible. Call 541-774-2217 during business hours on 541-774-2290 after business hours and weekends.