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Police: Accused Shady Cove Shooter Acted in Self-Defense

Kaleb Harris still faces criminal charges for his actions in the encounter, and for illegally possessing a firearm.

Posted: Apr 5, 2018 4:29 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2018 4:29 PM

SHADY COVE, Ore. — The shooter in an early-morning altercation in Shady Cove on Wednesday acted in self-defense, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO). 29-year-old Kaleb Harris turned himself in to police later that day, but still faces criminal charges.

Detectives believe that Harris and 37-year-old Toby Bicknell, both area transients, got in a verbal altercation on Wednesday morning. Then, JCSO said, Bicknell charged at Harris. Harris fired a 9mm handgun at Bicknell, and the single shot struck Bicknell in the hip.


Kaleb Harris

Toby Bicknell

Before fleeing the scene, Harris 'briefly pointed the gun at another person present,' said JCSO.

CLICK HERE for our previous story on the incident, and the search for Harris.

Harris was arraigned in the Jackson County Circuit Court today, and according to court documents, the other person present was Larissa Nichol.

Although Harris voluntarily turned himself in to deputies 13 hours after the incident, he is still being charged for Felon in Possession of a Firearm for having the handgun, and Menacing for pointing the gun at Nichol.

Harris is still lodged in the Jackson County Jail. Bicknell is at Rogue Regional Medical Center, receiving treatment for the gunshot wound. He has been cited and released for a warrant from Butte Falls municipal court. The district attorney's office will be reviewing evidence for charges against both men, according to JCSO.

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