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ASHLAND, Ore. — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says that an Ashland man has been charged with murder and animal abuse after a stabbing along Eagle Mill Road just outside of Ashland in the early hours of Wednesday morning. One unidentified victim is dead.
Dispatch received a call to report the stabbing at 2:14 a.m. at an address in the 300-block of Eagle Mill Road. Deputies and police officers from the Ashland, Phoenix, and Talent police departments all responded, quickly arresting a suspect.
The suspect was identified Wednesday afternoon as 30-year-old Auriel Zipher Scattergood. He's been charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and aggravated animal abuse.
Beyond some traffic violations in 2018, Oregon court records do not show any previous offenses for Scattergood.
JCSO was assisted at the scene by detectives from Oregon State Police, and the Major Assault and Death Investigative Unit (MADIU) has been called out to investigate.
The victim's name will be released once their next of kin has been notified. JCSO said that the victim's dog was injured in the incident and is receiving emergency care at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center.
Carl R. Crenshaw II lives just up Eagle Mill Road from the house where the stabbing took place — an area that borders the Bear Creek Greenway, not far from where the Almeda Fire started. He recalls hearing the sirens early Wednesday morning, though his dogs alerted him to something earlier.
"My dogs always bark, and I think it was about two o'clock that I heard this guy pull up and he was trying to find a place to park here, and that was pretty much it," Crenshaw said. "I didn't hear anything, but they always let me know when something's going on and . . . I knew something was going on."
Crenshaw lost his home in the Almeda Fire, a home that he'd had since the mid-'70s, and he's stayed there to rebuild. He says that most of his neighbors in the area are good people.
"Since we've had the fire, we haven't had much action out here . . . so it's kind of a surprise over here," Crenshaw said. "Not a total surprise — we've had a lot of people going through. I'd say 90 percent of the people that go through here I help out once in a while."
Eagle Mill Road was closed by Jackson County Roads on Wednesday morning, and the closure remained in place well into the afternoon. It was set to be reopened shortly after 4 p.m.