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Oregon mayor arrested after shooting at family vehicle

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(RUFUS, Oregon)– The mayor of a small Oregon town is facing multiple charges after an alleged road rage shooting on Halloween, according to authorities.

Dowen Jones, the alleged shooter in the incident, is the mayor of Rufus, a tiny town east of Portland along the Columbia River.

At around 8:43 p.m. on Monday, a family of two adults, one five-year-old and an eight-year-old were driving on Highway 281 behind an SUV “that was driving erratically,” the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office said.

The SUV then pulled over to the side of the highway, which caused the driver of the family vehicle to become concerned and slow down to get a description of the erratic driver and their vehicle to report it to the police.

According to deputies, Jones then exited the passenger side of the SUV and fired multiple rounds from a handgun at the family.

“He was arrested and later lodged at Northern Oregon Regional Corrections (NORCOR), in The Dalles on one count of Attempted Murder and four counts of Attempted Assault in the First Degree,” said the Hood River County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities are still investigating the motive behind the shooting.