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Two-vehicle crash near Kerby leads to shooting, arrest

Deputies arrived at the scene to find nobody there except for a pit bull that had been left inside of the upside-down Toyota.

Posted: Jul 20, 2021 3:24 PM
Updated: Jul 20, 2021 3:27 PM

KERBY, Ore. — Deputies who arrived to investigate a two-vehicle crash north of Kerby on Monday night later arrested a man for an alleged shooting immediately after the crash.

According to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, deputies learned about a two-vehicle crash on Kerby Mainline Road shortly after 10 p.m., arriving at the scene just a few minutes later.

At the scene, deputies found a Ford Bronco that had crashed into a tree and a Toyota truck that had left the roadway and rolled onto its top. However, there appeared to be nobody left at the scene, except for a pit bull that had been left inside of the upside-down Toyota.

Deputies called Animal Control to retrieve the dog. It did not seem to be injured, and was taken to the Josephine County Animal Shelter.

Eventually, deputies did locate the occupants of both vehicles. The driver of the Toyota reported that after the crash the other driver had threatened to kill him — firing a single gunshot at him, according to Sheriff Dave Daniel.

The Sheriff's Office identified the driver of the Bronco as 29-year-old Cody William Morgan. He was arrested and charged with Menacing, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, and Attempted Criminal Homicide.

The passenger of the Bronco, a woman, was taken by AMR to Asante Three Rivers Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Sheriff Daniel revealed that this case was tangentially related to the lockdown at Asante Three Rivers earlier on Tuesday. According to Daniel, the hospitalized woman had left a domestic dispute earlier in the day that involved a boyfriend — not Morgan. She had in her possession the boyfriend's cell phone.

While the woman was at the hospital, Daniel said, the boyfriend called and made threats against her. She told hospital staff, who decided to issue a Code Silver.

The Sheriff's Office later took possession of the cell phone while officers moved the woman to a safe location.

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