An Eagle Point man is in jail after allegedly shooting and killing his roommate Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Dylan Ashmun, 26, is suspected of killing 24-year-old Joseph Faaeteete. He was being held in the Jackson County Jail on more than $1 million bail.
Ashmun was arraigned Thursday on felony charges of first-degree manslaughter, felony possession of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon. He also has a misdemeanor charge of pointing a firearm at another, court records show.
An autopsy performed Thursday determined Faaeteete died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
This is the fourth handgun death in six days in the Rogue Valley. Three have been in Eagle Point. The case goes to the grand jury on Tuesday, Detective Deanna Harris of the Oregon State Police said.
Faaeteete's death was first reported as a suicide at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday. Eagle Point police responded to 128 N. Buchanan Ave. and found Faaeteete dead in the garage from an apparent gunshot wound.
Police said conflicting statements from witnesses prompted them to involve the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit.
After interviewing witnesses, police concluded Ashmun was the shooter and arrested him. A search of the home turned up multiple firearms and drugs.
Ashmun was found guilty of second-degree robbery in 2005, court records show. Then 19, he joined two other men in holding up a White City Shell station, Mail Tribune archives show. All were wearing stocking caps and bandanas. One used a gun in the robbery, though which one is not known.
Ashmun's sentence included 50 months in prison with three years of post-prison supervision and $6,053 in restitution. He also pleaded no contest to a second-degree theft charge in 2010, records show.
Police have not yet released the reasons or circumstances surrounding the alleged shooting. Harris said police still need to track down the additional potential witness. Additional information may be released after the case goes to the grand jury.
Neighbors would not comment on the incident or Ashmun. One home displayed a sign that said "Please do not ask about the neighbors."
The Oregon State Police is in charge of the investigation. They were assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Central Point and Ashland police and the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement team during the initial investigation.
Police are still searching for an individual who left the Buchanan Avenue residence before police arrived. Anyone with information should contact Detective Harris at 541-618-7967 or Sgt. Jeff Fitzgerald at 541-618-7952.
Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.