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Authorities say White City shooting appears to be self defense

Investigators say the fatal shooting of a man who allegedly tried to force his way into a house in White City this afternoon appears to be an act of self defense.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said 49-year-old Mark Corsbie of Medford had tried to get into several homes in the neighborhood before knocking on the door at 7898 Andrea Drive at about 1:25 p.m., saying he was being chased.

Carlson said the resident was inside the house with his daughter and grandson, and the daughter was describing the events on the telephone to a police dispatcher when the resident shot Corsbie once in the torso with a .357-caliber handgun.

Corsbie, who was standing on the porch at the time, ended up dead on his back in the front lawn, police said.

One of the people inside the residence opened the door before the shooting occurred, and Carlson said she did not know why.

Investigators are trying to determine whether the victim's behavior prior to the shooting was caused by drugs, a mental issue or other circumstances, Carlson said.

She did not identify the man who lived at the home but said he had been taken to sheriff department headquarters for questioning and was released about an hour later.

Carlson said the shooter wasn't sure why the victim was trying to force his way into the home.

Based on initial investigations, the resident was attempting to defend his home, Carlson said. No arrests have been made and investigatoirs expect to have the case reviewed by a Jackson County grand jury.

Friends have identified the alleged shooter as Norm Thomas, 66, a career military man retired from the U.S. Air Force who rented the house.

— Mark Freeman