|
|
|
MailTribune.com
  • Neighbor claims self-defense in shooting

    Prospect man says he shot his 34-year- old neighbor when he thought he was about to be attaked
  • A 53-year-old Prospect man said he was acting in self-defense when he shot and wounded a neighbor who he said charged at him in a menacing manner on his property.
    • email print
  • »  RELATED CONTENT
  • A 53-year-old Prospect man said he was acting in self-defense when he shot and wounded a neighbor who he said charged at him in a menacing manner on his property.
    "I'm at my wits' end," said John Davidson. "The kid scares me. He is way violent."
    Sheriff's officials say the case remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed against Davidson for the shooting that took place in the 1500 block of Mill Creek Drive just before 2 p.m. Monday.
    Davidson called 911 to report that he had shot Christopher Larson, 34, who drove himself to the Mill Creek Country Store where a clerk rendered assistance, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.
    A Mercy Flights air ambulance took Larson to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to his right shoulder. He has since been released.
    The Sheriff's Department has not yet determined a reason for the shooting, saying it is under investigation. The department asks anyone with information about the incident to call detectives at 541-774-8333.
    Detectives conducted interviews this week with Davidson, witnesses and other neighbors and pored over forensic evidence. Sheriff's officials said Davidson has been cooperative.
    Davidson said that over the past two months, he's had increasing confrontations with Larson.
    Davidson said he decided to arm himself while walking around his property because the confrontations have turned more aggressive over the past week. He claimed he found Larson "stalking" him on his property, and has found him hiding behind trees.
    "I asked him why he was mad at me and what this is all about," he said.
    Larson said something about wires in the trees pushing against his house, Davidson said.
    Larson has driven several times to a job site where Davidson is remodeling a house, Davidson said.
    "He opens the door and acts like he's picking something up off the ground, but there's nothing there," Davidson said.
    During the confrontations, he said, Larson "is absolutely out of control, incoherent and extremely violent."
    When Larson approached him on his property Monday, Davidson said, he was acting in an aggressive manner, approaching him quickly as if to attack him.
    "He said, 'I'm going to beat you up,' " Davidson said. It is not known whether Larson was armed.
    Davidson said he was trying to wing Larson, so he aimed for his left shoulder but shot him in the right shoulder instead. Davidson said his .44 Magnum revolver is old and doesn't shoot straight.
    Attempts to reach Larson for comment were unsuccessful. A cellphone number listed in court records is no longer his and calls to a number listed for his home went unanswered.
    Davidson said the situation is difficult for his parents, who live with him at the house. His father is 80, and his 75-year-old mother has Parkinson's disease.
    He said he hopes sheriff's deputies can help restore peace to his neighborhood.
    According to court records, Larson, who lives near Davidson on Mill Creek Drive, has had two warrants issued for his arrest, including one in April for a charge of felony assault and another in January for methamphetamine possession.
    Sheriff's Lt. Christine Bronson said she could not comment on whether Larson would be arrested on the outstanding warrants.
    A neighbor who lives close to Davidson and Larson said problems between the two are common knowledge.
    "Davidson is a fine, upstanding person," said the woman, who asked not to be identified.
    Larson is well-known in the community, she said.
    "At one time, he was a pretty good kid," she said. "But he's got a problem."
    Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com.
Reader Reaction

      calendar