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Police: Suspects tried to run down, murder man in Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls Police responded last Thursday to find a 41-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. An investigation found that this wasn't the first attempt on his life that day.

Posted: Apr 19, 2021 12:11 PM
Updated: Apr 19, 2021 12:21 PM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The Klamath Falls Police Department arrested two men on Saturday after an investigation found that they'd tried to run over and shoot a man to death, according to the agency.

Officers responded shortly before 11 p.m. on Thursday to the High Lakes apartments at 2660 Shasta Way for reports of gunshots in the area. Once on the scene, the officers found 41-year-old Nathan Robbins suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was taken to Sky Lakes Medical Center for treatment.

Investigators later learned that there had been another attempt on Robbins' life earlier in the evening, when suspects in a black Jeep Cherokee tried to "run him over" on S 6th Street. Police reviewed video that confirmed part of Robbins' account, along with a better description of the vehicle.

KFPD canvassed the area, but were unable to find the Jeep Cherokee that night. The next day, officers responded to a report of a black Jeep Cherokee parked near a business. The abandoned Jeep matched the vehicle seen in video from S 6th Street, the agency said.

Police identified two suspects in the murder attempt as 28-year-old James Henry Wilson and 30-year-old Robert William Edwin Metcalfe, KFPD said. The men were found separately and taken into custody on Saturday, and police recovered the gun that they say was used to shoot Robbins.

Wilson has been charged with two counts each of Attempted Murder, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Criminal Conspiracy. Metcalfe was charged with Attempted Murder, Assault I, Assault II, two counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

According to a police affidavit, Metcalfe is from Texas and lived in California before recently coming to the Klamath Falls area. Metcalfe reportedly said that Robbins had a "beef with [Metcalfe's] younger brother" before shooting him with a handgun, the statement said.

KFPS said that the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call the Klamath Falls Police Department at 541-883-5336, or call the anonymous tip line at 541-883-5334.

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