Deputies: Brother shoots at trailer after argument

Sibling is hit by shotgun pellets and is hospitalized; arrest made

TRAIL — An alcohol-fueled argument took a violent turn Sunday night when a Trail man fired a sawed-off shotgun at a trailer his older brother was in, breaking a window and striking him in the face, sheriff's deputies said.

Joshua Ryan Chrisco, 32, and Michael Wallen Chrisco, 36, had been arguing before the shooting occurred, according to a release. When Joshua fired Michael's 12-gauge shotgun toward the trailer, the pellets broke through a window and caused serious injuries to Michael's face, sheriff's deputies said.

Joshua was arrested on assault charges and lodged in the Jackson County Jail. Michael was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center and was listed in good condition Monday, officials said.

Sheriff's officials said details surrounding the argument are not yet known, as neither Michael nor Joshua were cooperating with investigators. The trailer belonged to one of the brothers, the release said.

Joshua was arraigned Monday on fourth-degree assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a prohibited firearm. He also faces a charge of carrying a concealed weapon because of a knife found on him during a search at the jail, a sheriff's spokesperson said. Jackson County Circuit Judge Kelly Ravassipour set his bail at $50,000.

The shooting occurred at about 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of the West Branch of Elk Creek Road and Forest Road 32-1E-7.4.

Joshua was originally arrested on charges of first- and second-degree assault and his bail was set at more than $2 million before his Monday arraignment.

Both brothers have past resisting arrest charges on their records. Michael has been convicted of second-degree criminal mischief, harassment, resisting arrest and contempt of court.

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

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at

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