Confirmed: Two Jackson County Deputies Shot & Killed Earl Harris Tuesday Morning-UPDATED
During a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters confirmed that two deputies shot and killed 74-year-old Earl Harris at his home outside Ashland at 36 Mistletoe Road Tuesday morning.
The deputies were there to serve a foreclosure notice and, based on previous attempts to serve similar notices, they had a four-man swat team at the scene.
According to the Sheriff, contact was made with Mr. Harris at his front door. He retreated to his bedroom and came out with a shotgun aimed at police as well as multiple guns on his body. Two deputies each fired at Harris, a total of four shots. He died at the scene.
On Wednesday an additional search of the home uncovered numerous guns and weapons, including several grenades. The Oregon State Bomb squad was called in to properly dispose of the explosives.
The two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation. The case will be presented to a Grand Jury in the next couple of weeks
Officials have confirmed the Oregon State Police will be leading an investigation into the officer involved shooting. The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit, a team consisting of law enforcement personnel from Jackson County is conducting their own investigation.