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Jackson County sheriff's deputy justified in shooting at rap video shoot

A grand jury has cleared a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who struck a bystander in the leg during an altercation at a White City gathering, and indicted the deputy’s intended target who was allegedly armed with “a high-powered, high capacity rifle.”

Anthony James Hales, 25, was indicted by a Jackson County grand jury Wednesday on a felony charge of unlawful use of a weapon and a misdemeanor charge of menacing after he allegedly opened the front door Dec. 2 on a sheriff’s deputy while holding an Anderson Manufacturing AM-15 rifle and wearing body armor, according to a release issued by Jackson County District Attorney Beth Heckert.

Within 13 seconds, Deputy Trevor Waldeyer fired at Hales, but the gunshot ultimately landed in the leg of an intoxicated resident who was attempting to disarm Hales.

The AM-15 and the black body armor were at the home because a rap music video was being filmed at the location, according to Heckert. Waldeyer was at the home at 2527 Agate Meadows because of a parking violation.

An earlier release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office stated that the sheriff’s office had received complaints of a “disorderly loud party” at about 7:44 p.m. that involved more than 25 people inside the home.

Waldeyer — a deputy with the sheriff’s office for 2 1/2 years and with prior law enforcement experience with Rogue River police — testified and provided video evidence to the grand jury that he arrived about 7:58 p.m. and heard arguing inside.

Hales opened the door wearing a red sweatshirt, red pants, black body armor and holding the high capacity rifle in his left hand, then griped the rifle with his right hand and turned toward one of the home’s occupants, identified by the District Attorney’s office as Robert Hansen, who was not charged with a crime.

Hansen grabbed the barrel of the rifle and a struggle between Hansen and Hales ensued.

During the struggle between Hansen and Hales, Waldeyer interjected, “whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, stop, stop!” and fired a shot.

Waldeyer aimed for Hales’ pelvis but struck Hansen’s leg. Hansen was treated at a nearby hospital for a gunshot wound and later released.

Hansen later told police that he had consumed alcohol that day and has little recollection of the altercation.

“He remembered standing in the doorway, but did not recall struggling with the rifle Anthony James Hale was holding,” the release states.

Waldeyer testified that he fired didn’t believe that his police vest would protect him from a “high powered, high capacity rifle,” and that there were no positions of cover on the porch. After the shooting, Waldeyer took cover behind a vehicle in the driveway and issued commands until backup arrived.

Hales ultimately dropped the weapon and was taken into custody without further incident.

After serving a search warrant on the home, investigators found an AM-15 was equipped with an optical sight and loaded with 29 rounds in the magazine; however, Hales did not have a round chambered when police recovered the weapon.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show no prior criminal history for Hales.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.