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Man charged with attack on Coos County Sheriff's sergeant

Eric Wadkins (Coos County Sheriff's Office mugshot)

COOS BAY, Ore. – A wanted man is in custody Wednesday after officials say he knocked out a sheriff’s sergeant and stole a car before hiding in a stranger’s building.

Eric Wadkins, 40, of Coos Bay, had an open warrant for failure to appear in court on a domestic violence charge.

Police have released a list of charges filed against Wadkins:

  • ROBBERY IN THE THIRD DEGREE
  • ASSAULT IN THE FOURTH DEGREE
  • RECKLESSLY ENDANGERING ANOTHER PERSON
  • FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE A POLICE OFFICER
  • RECKLESS DRIVING
  • BURGLARY IN THE SECOND DEGREE
  • CRIMINAL TRESPASS IN THE SECOND DEGREE
  • ASSAULT ON A PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICER
  • ASSAULT IV
  • MENACING
  • ATTEMPTED THEFT I
  • FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM
  • RESISTING ARREST
  • ESCAPE II
  • INTERFERING WITH A PEACE OFFICER

The sergeant was treated at the hospital and is okay.

An anonymous tipster told police Wednesday that Wadkins was hiding out at a home on SW 10th Road.

Coos County Sheriff’s Sgt. Adam Slater went out to the home and tried to take him into custody, however Wadkins temporarily knocked the sergeant unconscious. Officials said he’s also accused of trying to take Sgt. Slater’s gun out of its holster. The sergeant managed to keep his firearm from the suspect.

According to investigators, Wadkins ran off into a wooded area while Sgt. Slater called for backup.

As local law enforcement set up a perimeter, 911 dispatchers received a call from two people reporting that their car was stolen.

A North Bend Police officer was almost hit by the stolen vehicle when Wadkins crashed on 7 Devils Road just south of Charleston, officials said. He got out and ran off into the woods.

A K-9 tracked Wadkins to a building on someone’s property and he was eventually taken into custody.

Wadkins was taken to the hospital for an evaluation before he was booked into the Coos County Jail.

The Coos County Sheriff’s Office received help from the Coos Bay Police Department, North Bend Police Department, Coos County Sheriff's Office, Coquille Tribal Police Department, Bandon Police Department, Detectives from SCINT (South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team) and Oregon State Police.

Slater has been with the Coos County Sheriff's Office since 2002 with the exception of two years after layoffs in 2007. He was promoted on July 1, 2017. He is currently assigned as a patrol sergeant and is a K-9 unit. His K-9 was not on duty at the time of the incident, police said.

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