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'Person of interest' in Klamath Falls shooting investigation arrested, guns missing

One person is recovering from a gunshot wound after the struggle, according to the Klamath County Sheriff's Office.

Posted: Mar 3, 2020 3:38 AM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 10:25 AM

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. -- The Klamath County Sheriff's Office now says that it has found and arrested the "person of interest" connected to a shooting that happened in Klamath Falls last Monday evening.

Around 5 p.m., deputies responded to the 4300-block of Carlon Way after someone reported a man who had been shot in the leg. When the deputies arrived, they wound the man in question with a gunshot wound to the lower leg that did not appear to be life-threatening.

An investigation found that the shooting happened after the victim and another person were struggling for control of a rifle. The suspect reportedly ran away on foot with both the rifle and a handgun.

A Sheriff's Office Air unit and a K9 team from Klamath Falls Police tried searching the area for the suspect, but were unsuccessful.

On Friday, the Sheriff's Office put out photos and a description of a man believed to be connected to the shooting. He was described as a man of medium build, between the ages of 25 and 35, last seen wearing a dark-colored hat with a feather on it, a green sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a black shoes.

"The public is urged to exercise caution and to not approach individuals matching the above description," the Sheriff's Office said at the time. "A tip line has been set up (541-850-5380) or call 911 immediately if they know his identity and whereabouts."

The next day, deputies and officers from Klamath Falls Police arrested 29-year-old Manuel Rangel Jr. in the 100-block of Main Street. The Sheriff's Office said that his arrest was the "direct result" of tips received through the agency's tip-line.

Rangel was identified as the person of interest sought following the Carlon Way shooting, though two guns involved in the shooting have yet to be recovered, the Sheriff's Office said.

Rangel was taken to the Klamath County Jail on charges of Assault I, Assault II, Robbery I, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and two counts of Felon in Possession of a Weapon.

"KCSO is thankful for the tips provided by citizens concerned about the safety of their communities," the Sheriff's Office said.

There have been multiple shootings in the Klamath Falls area over the past week. The Sheriff's Office has also identified a person of interest in a shooting on Summers Lane, but there has been no further information released in a shooting out on Bedfield Cemetery Road.

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