Overnight pursuit ends in officer involved shooting

Jeremy Lee Orona, 25

A Livingston County man is behind bars after an overnight pursuit in Macon County Saturday. The pursuit ended with an officer involved shooting and the fugitive's subsequent arrest.

Just after 8:00 p.m. Saturday, the Chillicothe Police Department informed the Missouri State Highway Patrolâ??s Troop B Headquarters that they had received information regarding the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive.

Chillicothe Police advised that Jeremy Lee Orona, 25, of Chula, Mo., was wanted on felony and Probation and Parole warrants in Livingston County, and might be driving a stolen 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the Bucklin, Mo. area.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper responded to the area and around 9:30 p.m. and located the pickup in Bucklin.

As the officer attempted to stop the pickup, the driver fled.

The trooper pursued the pickup through Bucklin city streets and onto county roads in Macon County, where the suspect abandoned the truck in a bean field on Aqua Street, approximately two miles east of the Linn County line, and fled on foot.

Members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Macon County Sheriff's Department, Linn County Sheriff's Department, a Patrol aircraft and canine unit responded to the area and began searching for the fugitive.

Around 1:45 Sunday morning officers determined that Orona had been picked up in New Cambria, Mo. by a female acquaintance.

Just after 2:00 a.m. members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and Macon County Sheriff's Department were able to stop the vehicle driven by the female acquaintance on U.S. Highway 36, just west of New Cambria.

As officers attempted to approach the vehicle, a passenger, later identified to be Jeremy Lee Orona, pointed a handgun at officers and fired a shot from inside the vehicle.

A trooper fired one shot from his duty weapon that struck Orona in the right leg.

Orona was then taken into custody and transported by Macon County Ambulance to the Macon Samaritan Hospital with a non-life threatening injury. He was later treated and released.

Orona is currently being held in the Macon County Jail on multiple charges including felony Livingston County warrant for burglary, two felony probation and parole warrants, tampering with a motor vehicle, first degree assault on a law enforcement officer, felony resisting arrest, armed criminal action, felon in possession of a firearm, felony possession of stolen property, and other traffic charges. No bond has been set at this time.

No one else involved in the incident was injured.

The officer involved shooting is being investigated by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control.