On October 27, 2013 at around 8:13 p.m., the Yamhill County 911 Dispatch Center received multiple phone calls of a male brandishing and possibly firing a handgun near the area of Bridge and East Main Streets in Sheridan.
The male was identified by witnesses as 43-year old Sheridan resident James Elsworth Maley Jr. Witnesses reported seeing Maley pull the handgun from his waistband point it and act as if he was going to fire it.
Maley then entered Lee's Green Frog Bar and Restaurant at 119 East Main Street, pulled the handgun from his waistband and slammed it on the bar's counter. The bartender asked Maley to leave and Maley was escorted out the back door with the handgun tucked in his waistband.
As Deputies arrived in the area they heard a single gunshot come from the back parking lot of Lee's Green Frog. As they approached the parking lot, Maley appeared from an alley and pointed the handgun at them. Deputies gave commands for Maley to drop the gun as they moved to positions of cover; however, Maley ignored the commands and fled the area on foot.
Additional Deputies and Law Enforcement personnel arrived on scene and began looking for Maley. At about 10:38 p.m. Maley was located walking eastbound on Yamhill Street in Sheridan. Maley again refused all commands from Law Enforcement. A Taser was deployed on Maley and he was taken into custody without further incident. At the time he was taken into custody Maley had a loaded Smith and Wesson .357 magnum handgun in the front of his waistband.
Sheriff Crabtree stated, "The quick response by our deputies, along with several other local law enforcement agencies, was instrumental in a quick and safe conclusion to a very dangerous situation." The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Oregon State Police, Polk County Sheriff's Office and a McMinnville Police Department K9 Unit.
Maley was treated on scene by medics for minor injury. He then was transported to the Yamhill County Jail and charged with the following: 3 counts of pointing a firearm at another, 3 counts of menacing, 2 counts of unlawful use of a weapon, and 1 count of disorderly conduct. His bail has been set at $50,000.
Unconfirmed reports indicate Maley may have fired as many as three additional rounds during the incident. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Deputy Broyles at the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office, 503-434-7506. This investigation is ongoing.