Settling argument with a shotgun lands one brother in jail, other in hospital

An allegedly alcohol-fueled argument took a violent turn Sunday night when a Trail man fired a 12-gauge shotgun at his older brother and put him in hospital with serious injuries to the face.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department reported 32-year-old Joshua Chrisco, of Trail, is being held in the Jackson County Jail on charges of first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, possession of a short-barreled firearm and carrying a concealed weapon. His bail is set at more than $2 million, jail records show. His older brother, 36-year-old Michael Chrisco, remains at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, the sheriff's department reported.

Deputies responded to a reported shooting at 9:31 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, and drove to the intersection of the West Branch of Elk Creek Road and forest road 32-1E-7.4, near Trail.

Police said Joshua and Michael got into an argument. The disagreement escalated when Joshua took Michael's black 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun and fired it at a trailer Michael was inside. The shotgun pellets shattered a window in the trailer and struck Michael in the face. Michael was taken to the hospital in Medford. No update on his condition was available this morning.

Sheriff's department officials say the details surrounding the argument are not yet known, as neither Michael nor Joshua are cooperating with investigators.

Court records show this is Joshua Chrisco's first significant criminal arrest in Jackson County. Records also show Michael has been convicted of second-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest, while also being found in contempt of court.

The case will be sent to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review and potential prosecution.

— Ryan Pfeil

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