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BROOKINGS — A Brookings man called 911 reporting he had been shot by an unknown subject while he was at his storage unit, according to a press release from the Curry County Sheriff's Office.

At 8:08 p.m., Dec. 28, the Curry County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 46-year-old William (Bill) Terebesi, of Brookings, stating that he had been shot multiple times, and that he was driving himself to the sheriff’s sub-station on Lower Harbor Road, in Harbor. Terebesi told dispatch that he was at his storage unit at Strahm’s Storage when he was shot by an unknown subject.

Sheriff’s deputies met Terebesi at the sub-station. Terebesi was able to give deputies a vague description of the suspect. Cal Ore Life Flight Ambulance was dispatched along with the Harbor Fire Department to medically assist. Terebesi was transported to Sutter Coast Hospital with two apparent gunshot wounds. Due to the serious nature of Terebesi’s injuries, he was flown from Sutter Coast Hospital to a trauma center at an undisclosed location.

Deputies and an Oregon State Trooper went to Terebesi’s storage unit to search for a suspect. With the assistance of the Brookings Police Department, Gold Beach Police Department, Port Orford Police Department and Oregon State Police, deputies applied for a search warrant to search Terebesi’s storage unit. While officers were clearing the unit, they saw evidence that corroborated Terebesi’s story. The Curry County District Attorney requested the Major Crime Team be called in to assist. Law enforcement does not know the motive behind the shooting and are developing leads to help identify the suspect.

The Curry County Sheriff’s Office along with members of the Major Crime Team will be continuing the investigation and are asking the public notify the Curry County Sheriff’s Office at 541-247-3242 if they have any information that might lead to the identity and arrest of the suspect.