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UPDATE: Sheriff: Teen Admits to Killing Relatives

Authorities arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting three people in southwest Oregon.

Posted: Nov. 8, 2017 10:32 AM
Updated: Nov. 8, 2017 5:53 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Authorities arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his foster mother and two siblings at a home in southwest Oregon.

Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the boy was booked into a juvenile detention facility on charges of aggravated murder.

Lt. Chris Merrifield said in court papers that Robert Adams, the boy's foster father, called emergency dispatchers Tuesday night to report the shootings west of Roseburg. He identified the deceased as his wife, Donya Adams; daughter, Amory Adams; and foster daughter, Payshience Adams.

Merrifield said the boy told investigators he shot his relatives multiple times with a handgun, and then waited for his foster father to return home. The father told police that the teen told him to call police and not go inside the house.

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2:48 p.m.

Authoritites have now identified the victims in a homicide case. 

The victims are:

Donya Renee Adams, age 55 of Roseburg.

Amory Rose Adams, age 26 of Roseburg.

Payshience "Tia" Adams, age 10 of Roseburg.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office says all of the victims of this crime were residents in the home. The 16 year-old suspect, Kevin Wayne Adams, also lived in the family home.

Robert Adams called 9-1-1 on Tuesday evening at 8:43 pm to report he had returned home and discovered that his wife, Donya, his daughter, Amory, and his foster-daughter Payshience Adams had been the victims of homicide.

Kevin Adams, Robert's foster-son, was ultimately arrested for three counts of Aggravated Murder.

Members of the Douglas County Major Crimes Team continue their investigation.


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Authorities arrested a 16-year-old boy accused of fatally shooting his foster mother and two siblings at a home in southwest Oregon.

Sgt. Brad O'Dell of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the boy was booked into a juvenile detention facility on charges of aggravated murder.

Lt. Chris Merrifield said in court papers that Robert Adams, the boy's foster father, called emergency dispatchers Tuesday night to report the shootings west of Roseburg. He identified the deceased as his wife, Donya Adams; daughter, Amory Adams; and foster daughter, Payshience Adams.

Merrifield said the boy told investigators he shot his relatives multiple times with a handgun, and then waited for his foster father to return home. The father told police that the teen told him to call police and not go inside the house.

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ROSEBURG, Ore. --Detectives have arrested a 16 year old in connection to the death of three people in Douglas County.

Deputies were called to the 400 block of Whispering Pines Lane in Lookingglass at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday where three people were found dead.

Kevin Wayne Adams, 16, was arrested on three counts of aggravated murder charges. He was taken to the Douglas County Juvenile Detention Facility.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is investigating the triple homicide.

They said multiple agencies are at the scene and are asking the public to avoid the area.

"We dispatched several law enforcement units to the scene. They're currently conducting their investigation. The Douglas County Major Crimes Team has been activated and they are currently in charge of the investigation. The current focus of the investigation is the circumstances surrounding the case - trying to figure out what happened exactly, who's responsible," said Sgt. Brad O'Dell, Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public.

This is a developing story. We will continue to update this story as more information comes in.

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