Deputies arrest man following shooting at hemp farm near Wimer

Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to reports of a shooting north of Rogue River on Friday.

Posted: Sep 27, 2019 3:27 PM

ROGUE RIVER, Ore. — Deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office are investigating a shooting that happened on a hemp farm in the Wimer area on Friday. One man has been arrested and another is reportedly recovering from a single gunshot wound to the arm.

Dispatch received a 911 call just before noon, reporting a shooting in the 1200-block of Pine Grove Road, north of Rogue River.

"The caller reported that two people had been shot and were already on their way to the hospital in a private vehicle," JCSO said. The caller said that the suspect, 34-year-old Jeremy Odell O'Patchen, had run back toward his house in the 500-block of Minthorne Road.

Deputies later confirmed that the one victim, 55-year-old Russell Anthony Clark of Talent, had a gunshot wound to his arm that did not seem to be life-threatening.

With the help of Rogue River Police and Oregon State Police, deputies began looking for O'Patchen.

"Rogue River High School, located approximately five miles from the scene, was used as a resource staging area, but had no further involvement in the incident," JCSO clarified.

While officers were still searching, O'Patchen drove himself to the Sheriff's Office in Central Point, arriving there around 12:40 p.m. and turned himself in.

According to the JCSO investigation, O'Patchen had been in an "ongoing property easement dispute" with the owners of the Pine Grove hemp farm.

"Friday’s incident apparently began when O’Patchen walked onto the property without permission and engaged in a verbal altercation with people working at a hemp grow there. During the altercation, O’Patchen shot Clark in the arm," the Sheriff's Office said.

JCSO said that O'Patchen will be jailed for attempted murder, and additional charges could be added. An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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