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Deputies Shot, Killed Ashland Man

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[UPDATE 2:35 PM] Sheriff Mike Winters says two deputies shot and killed 74 year old Earl Harris at his home outside of Ashland yesterday morning. They were there to serve a foreclosure notice. Based on previous attempts to serve similar notices, they had a 4-man swat team at the scene. Harris apparently came out of his bedroom with a shotgun aimed at police as well as multiple guns on his body. He was killed at the scene

[UPDATE 11:15 AM] The Jackson County District Attorney’s office confirmed to NewsWatch 12 in an interview this morning that the name of the suspect in the officer involved shooting will not be released until his or her next of kin is notified, this typically indicates a death. The DA also confirmed that Jackson County Sheriff Deputies were on scene at 35 Mistletoe Rd. in Ashland for a foreclosure related call when shots were fired. Weapons were discharged by a Jackson County Sheriff deputy, however, we aren’t sure how many deputies fired or if the suspect fired shots as well.

We are expecting more information to be released this afternoon and will keep you updated on the new developments in the case.

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Ashland.

Deputies were called to the property at 35 Mistletoe Road at 10:05am. At some point shots were fired, at least one of which by an officer or deputy, and personnel from law enforcement agencies as far north as Central Point responded.

Alan Weiss, an employee at the neighboring business Blackstone Audio, was outside on break at the time officers arrived.

“We got right in front of the house, and that’s when the Ashland Police Department showed up,” said Weiss. “They got out of their cars immediately and they had their assault weapons ready to go.”

According to sources in law enforcement, sheriff’s deputies were making a call to the property. During the ensuing commotion at least one officer or deputy fired their weapon. Weiss says a person was later taken away covered in a blanket on a gurney, although official spokespeople would not confirm, nor would they comment on the condition of the suspect or officers involved.

No-trespassing signs placed at the home identify the resident as a Mr. Harris. County records show Earl C. Harris owned the property until September 2013, when ownership transferred to U.S. Bank.

Weiss says Blackstone Audio employees has multiple run-ins with Harris, describing him as a “colorful person.” He also says Harris had sent a string of nasty emails to Blackstone management accusing people of trespassing on his property.

The Major Assault and Death Investigations Unit, a team consisting of law enforcement from across Jackson County, will continue the investigation.

Meanwhile officials confirm Oregon State Police will be leading an investigation of their own into the officer involved shooting.

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  1. milt says:

    ok here we go again will be the same BS as always cops will investigate cops
    and they will be justified same as all the rest. why do we not have a citizen committee
    to do the investigating

    1. frank says:

      Citizens don’t investigate because TV shows NCIS aren’t real…

  2. Annie says:

    Police investigate police as it said. OSP will investigate the officer. If it had been an OSP officer doing the shooting a different dept/station would investigate. Sometimes IA
    Having private citizens do it would be kinda dumb since most citizens only know what they see on TV which is NOT REAL!
    Protocol, procedure many different aspects need to be considered & private citizens don’t have that knowledge…or very few do.
    Let the cops do their job.
    IF the media reported correctly, the guy was squatting & violent. Both give a good reason for shooting…especially now when every one has the idea they can do whatever they want & get away with it.

  3. CHRIS says:

    WHY WERE THE COPS FIST BUMPING AND HIGHFIVING WHEN THEY CAME OUT OF HOUSE AFTER SHOTS FIRED. REALLY A MAN JUST LOST HIS LIFE. SAVE YOUR CELEBRATIONS FOR PRIVATE

    1. Matt says:

      CHRIS: Did you personally witness the fist bumping/highfiving “celebration” ?

  4. CHRIS says:

    NO, BUT MY CO-WORKER AND A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER WITNESSED THIS WITHIN A 100 FEET OF THE INCIDENT AND THEY ARE ROCK SOLID COMMUNITY MEMBERS…..

  5. sean says:

    I’ve personally dealt with Earl a few times. He was a nice old guy who wore a back brace, without which i doubt he could even walk. With it and a cane he could barely get around. I’d be surprised if he didn’t use a walker inside his house. I was shocked and confused when i heard the police killed hm.

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