Hermiston man charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder

<p>Timothy Copenhaver</p>

Timothy Copenhaver

The Umatilla County District Attorney's office charges a Hermiston man with two counts of attempted aggravated murder.

The charges against 25-year-old Timothy Copenhaver stem from an incident that took place on November 5th on the 81000 block of N. Golda Rd. in Hermiston.

During the incident, a Umatilla County Sheriff's Office Deputy Mike Smith went to the address after the residents reported that Copenhaver was arguing them and causing a disturbance.  While investigating the complaint, Smith, who was along on the call, learned that Copenhaver had arrest warrants from Klamath Falls, Oregon and Ada County, Idaho.  When the deputy attempted to place Copenhaver under arrest, he resisted and attacked Smith and tried to forcefully remove Smith's gun from his holster and threatened several times to kill him.

Deputy Smith struggled with Copenhaver for several minutes and successfully protected his weapon until an Oregon State Police trooper arrived.  Copenhaver continued to resist arrest and fight for Deputy Smith's gun while threatening to kill both officers.  The OSP trooper deployed a Taser which allowed boy officer to take Copenhaver into custody.  Copenhaver is lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.

Because the case involved officers from Umatilla County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police, the Hermiston Police Department agreed to investigate the case.