Eagle Point man indicted in murder of roommate

An Eagle Point man suspected of shooting and killing his roommate March 28 was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury on several felony charges, including murder, police said.

Dylan Ashmun, 26, also was indicted for first-degree manslaughter, seven counts of felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person, tampering with evidence and unlawful possession and distribution of a controlled substance.

Ashmun is suspected of shooting his roommate, Joseph Faaeteete, 24, in the early afternoon hours of March 28. The shooting was first reported as a suicide at 128 N. Buchanan Ave., where police found Faaeteete dead from a gunshot wound in the home's garage.

During initial witness interviews, conflicting statements led police to believe Ashmun was the shooter. Ashmun was arrested and jailed on $1 million bail.

During a search of the house, police found seven guns — a mixture of rifles and pistols — and approximately 1 pound of marijuana.

Police would not comment on possible motives for the shooting, saying the case is still under investigation.

"There's still some parts of it we're not releasing yet," said Sgt. Jeff Fitzgerald of the Oregon State Police. "Some (witnesses) are still being re-interviewed."

Officials could not be reached for comment on Ashmun's upcoming court dates.

Court records show Ashmun was convicted of second-degree robbery in 2005, when he was 19, after he and two other youths robbed a White City Shell gas station wearing stocking caps and bandanas, Mail Tribune archives show.

Faaeteete was found guilty of conspiracy to commit arson in 2008, court records show. He and two other men were found guilty of scheming to set fire to Ground Zero in Medford using several cans of accelerant.

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com

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