first_imgAn off-duty prison guard driving to work in Eastern Oregon was killed after stopping to help a stranded motorist.Authorities said Tuesday they arrested a suspect when he rolled the victim’s pickup truck in a farm field south of Hermiston, Ore., following an 18-minute pursuit by police.Joshua Charles Weeks, 22, of Portland, was held in the Umatilla County Jail on one count of murder, and would be arraigned Wednesday, Umatilla County District Attorney Dan Primus said.Buddy Ray Herron, 42, a guard at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, was driving to work late Monday night when he pulled over to help a stranded motorist, and was attacked, Oregon Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Black said.Police told the East Oregonian newspaper that Herron phoned 911 to report he had been stabbed and his pickup truck stolen. He died after being taken to a Pendleton hospital.After the report went out, Stanfield Police Officer Nat Hughes spotted the truck headed west on Interstate 84 about 30 miles west of Pendleton, said Stanfield Police Chief Bryon Zumwalt.last_img

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