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Klamath Falls man arrested in connection with deadly 2019 gun battle

30-year-old Sean Brazil-Gates is accused of murder, manslaughter, and several other crimes for his alleged part in a deadly shooting at Fairview Park.

Posted: Feb 26, 2021 11:00 AM
Updated: Feb 26, 2021 11:06 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Police arrested a Klamath Falls man on Friday for his alleged part in a deadly gun battle in Fairview Park back in November of 2019.

Reports from Klamath Falls Police at the time of the shooting described a meeting between two armed groups in the early morning hours of November 20. Two men were killed in the shooting — 31-year-old Christopher Gregory and 43-year-old Donald Cheatham Jr. Sean Dalton Brazil-Gates was hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

In the immediate wake of the shooting, officers arrested 22-year-old Gillian Bradley. She was accused of conspiring with Gregory to confront and murder Brazil-Gates. Cheatham Jr. and Brazil-Gates made up the other side of the meeting, investigators said.

According to Klamath Falls Police, Sgt. Ed Foreman has been actively investigating the shooting since it took place in 2019. The Oregon State Police Crime Lab helped Sgt. Foreman piece together evidence from the shooting, along with other information and witness statements.

On February 22, a Klamath County grand jury met and returned a secret indictment of the now 30-year-old Brazil-Gates for his alleged role in the deadly exchange — charging him with Murder, Manslaughter I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Felon in Posession of a Weapon, and Perjury.

The indictment alleges that Brazil-Gates shot and killed Gregory, and later made false statements under oath "about struggling over a gun with Christopher Gregory" during the investigation into Bradley's case.

KFPD detectives and parole officers arrested Brazil-Gates on a warrant Thursday afternoon, lodging him at the Klamath County Jail.

While some of the more serious charges against Bradley were dismissed in December, she pleaded guilty on two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and two counts of Tampering with Physical Evidence. She was sentenced to almost five years in prison followed by three years on post-prison supervision.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336. Anonymous information can be left at the Klamath Falls Police Tip Line number 541-883-5334.

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