UPDATE: DA identifies victims, suspect in Sunday night's Bandon shooting

2012-09-03T07:57:00Z 2012-09-04T10:16:11Z UPDATE: DA identifies victims, suspect in Sunday night's Bandon shootingThe World Coos Bay World
September 03, 2012 7:57 am  • 

BANDON — One man is dead, another person has been hospitalized and a third was injured after a shooting Sunday evening along U.S. Highway 101.

Police arrested Timothy Allen Henson on Sunday evening. He is charged with murder, attempted murder and assault. Police allege he shot a woman in the forearm while in a moving vehicle, then shot two other men outside the vehicle.

Emergency responders found George Micheaux III of Myrtle Creek, born in 1993, dead at the scene. It appeared he was shot, said District Attorney Paul Frasier.

Frasier said a second man, Milton Chester Leach, appeared to be shot in the head, though still alive. The Myrtle Creek resident, born in 1942, was transported to Bay Area Hospital, then flown to OHSU, Portland, where he was reported in extremely critical condition early Monday.

Two women were also in the vehicle. Investigators believe the five people in the vehicle lived together on the same property in Myrtle Creek.

According to Frasier, witnesses called 911 at 6 p.m. Sunday to say they saw a man lying face down in the northbound lane of the highway near Seven Devils Road and another person nearby.

The callers also described a vehicle in connection with the incident and reported an altercation and gunshots.

Officers located the vehicle several miles north of the scene where Leach and Micheaux were found, off a spur road from the main drive leading to Bob Belloni Ranch.

There, officers found Henson and the two women.

Frasier said the initial investigation suggested an altercation occurred in the vehicle as it was driving north on 101.

Frasier said it appeared that, during their journey, a gun was fired inside the car, which then stopped.

The investigation continues but Frasier said it appeared Leach and Micheaux were both shot outside the vehicle after it stopped.

One of the female passengers also suffered a gunshot wound to her forearm. Investigators believe she was wounded inside the vehicle before it stopped.

Henson was taken to the Coos County jail, where he was lodged on one count of murder alleging Micheaux as the victim, one count of attempted murder alleging Leach as the victim, and one count of assault in the second degree for the wounding of the female victim.

Frasier said Henson probably would be arraigned Tuesday.

The Oregon State Police is the lead agency on this case. Besides troopers stationed in Coos Bay, state police detectives from Roseburg and Springfield assisted in the investigation.

Other agencies involved in the case included the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Coos Bay Police Department, Bandon Police Department, Coquille Tribal Police and Coos County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Frasier said anyone who has information regarding this case should contact the Oregon State Police at 541-888-2677.

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  1. imagine_that
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    imagine_that - September 10, 2012 2:12 pm
    klowy200 and sister-in-law, so sorry for your tragic loss. Hopefully justice will prevail.
  2. klowy200
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    klowy200 - September 06, 2012 7:30 pm
    i am little georges cosin and what happened to him is unforgiveable i hope henson gets what he desirves i cant believe george died... he was to young
  3. sister-in-law
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    sister-in-law - September 04, 2012 1:15 pm
    I am his sister in law. Milton passed away Monday night a little after 11:00 p.m. Our family is devastated. Not to mention he left behind 4 beautiful girls and several grandchildren which adored him. He was loved dearly by everyone. My husband just spoke to him last week not knowing that would be the last time he would ever speak to him again. He didn't deserve this. I beg you please make sure the people involved get the death penalty. Rest in Peace Milt and know you will be dearly missed..
  4. themom
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    themom - September 03, 2012 8:36 am
    Other than "why" (which hopefully will come out later) this is one information-packed news article. Good Job to whomever wrote this piece.
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