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Pacific County man arrested in connection with trooper's shooting

Pacific County man arrested in connection with trooper's shooting

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Bail has been set at $5 million for Marvin A. Jones, whom authorities arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of shooting Washington State Patrol Trooper Scott Johnson in Long Beach.

Meanwhile, the Daily Astorian reported that the injured trooper was released from Oregon Health & Science University on Monday and arrived home in Naselle that afternoon.

Johnson called a friend at about to make sure a restaurant would be open so he and his family could have a hot meal available when they pulled into town, the Astorian reported.

Authorities arrested Jones, 45, of Seaview in Long Beach and booked him into the Pacific County Jail in South Bend on suspicion of attempted murder and first-degree assault. Information was developed overnight Sunday that led to the arrest, according to news releases from the state patrol.

Investigators applied for search warrants Monday in an attempt to obtain important evidence, the state patrol said.

Trooper Johnson is "doing remarkably well" after being shot in the head, said Sgt. Glen Hobbs of the Kelso detachment, where a cousin of Johnson's is also a trooper.

"His spirits are up," said Hobbs, who visited Johnson Sunday at OHSU. "He's feeling very positive, and he's expected to make a full recovery."

The Seattle Times reported that dozens of law-enforcement officers flocked to his bedside over the weekend, and the modest Johnson tried to deflect the attention, saying, "So what else is going on around here except me?"

Johnson was shot around 1 a.m. Saturday as he took examining a vehicle involved in a drunken-driving traffic stop on State Route 103 near 12th Street in Long Beach. Witnesses say a man emerged from the dark and exchanged words with Johnson before firing two shots at him.

The shooting is the latest in a surge of violence against the Washington law enforcement community. Nine officers have been shot since Halloween, and six of them have died. They include four Lakewood, Wash., police officers who were ambushed Nov. 29 in the deadliest single attack on police in state history.

"Law enforcement is a dangerous profession, but it seems like law enforcement is a target for some people," Hobbs said Monday. "We do the best we can training officers to be alert and aware of their surroundings."

"We don't know what these types of people think," he said. "We can't get inside their heads, but obviously something's not right."

Even though Jones is in custody, the investigation remains open, the state patrol said. Investigators are still seeking tips from the public regarding associates, vehicles, firearms and structures associated with Jones.

In Washington, people can call 1-800-283-7808. Outside Washington, callers can provide tips at 1-360-405-6650.

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