COQUILLE — A person of interest has been named relating to Saturday's homicide in Coquille.
The homicide victim is 46-year-old Coquille resident Gregory Scott Durham.
According to the Coos County District Attorney's Office, 34-year-old Manuel Daniel Delgado was arrested Saturday for the assault of 51-year-old Coquille resident Michael Lucas. Durham was the primary occupant of the residence where he was killed, according to Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.
"An autopsy will be conducted on the body of Mr. Durham later this week," said Fraiser in the release. "After the autopsy, I will release the exact cause of death. The evidence does show Mr. Durham died of homicidal violence."
The body of Durham was found as the result of an assault investigation where the assault is believed to have occurred at the residence on SE Third Street sometime on Friday night or early Saturday morning. The victim of the assault, Michael Lucas, had significant stab wounds and blunt-force trauma injuries to his head and face. He has been transferred to River Bend Hospital in Springfield where he is reported in good condition.
"The information we have at this time indicates Mr. Lucas was a visitor/guest of the residence," the release said.
Delgado was arrested for the assault. He was found inside Durham's residence at 8:30 a.m. Saturday when police entered the home pursuant to a search warrant issued for that residence Saturday morning. Delgado was taken into custody without incident. Durham's body was found at the time of the search.
"I plan to file (today), a charge of assault in the first degree in Coos County Circuit Court," said Frasier. "We are at this time, investigating what, if any, connection Mr. Delgado has to the death of Mr. Durham. We would describe him as a person of interest in the case, at this time."
The Coquille Police Department is the lead agency on the case, according to the release. They are being assisted by investigators from the Oregon State Police, the Coos Bay Police, North Bend Police, the Medical Examiner's Office, the Oregon State Police Crime Lab, the Eugene Police Department and the District Attorney's Office.
Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to contact the Coquille Police Department.
COOS BAY — A Coos Bay resident armed with a rifle was shot dead Saturday morning at approximately 6:44 a.m. by officers near a residence located at 475 Johnson Ave., according to a press release from Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier.
Early Saturday, Coos Bay police had attempted on two separate occasions to arrest Eric Sweet for a felony attempting to elude a police officer. In both incidents, pursuits were discontinued for safety reasons.
Officers arrived at Sweet’s home on Johnson Avenue to find his car parked several feet from the curb and his driver’s door open. Sweet later exited his home with a rifle and was ordered by police to drop his weapon.
According to the press release, Sweet pointed the rifle toward one of the police officers at the scene resulting in all three officers opening fire. Shots were fired from an officer with the Coos Bay Police Department, an officer from the Confederated Tribal Police and a trooper from the Oregon State Police. Sweet was pronounced dead at the scene from his wounds.
“I am not releasing the names of the officers at this time,” said Frasier. “All three officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of this investigation.”
Witnesses said they heard what sounded like fireworks and then a man’s voice yelling, “Get the (f---) out!” Soon after, a neighbor said she heard about three gun shots a pause and then two more shots.
Frasier has recused the Coos Bay Police Department, the Confederated Tribal Police and the Oregon State Police from the investigation, following the Coos County Deadly Force Policy. In addition, the North Bend Police Department has also been recused, for being involved in the attempt to arrest Sweet earlier in the day. NBPD was not actually involved in the shooting.
“To assist in the investigation I have asked for and received help from the Douglas County Major Crimes Team,” said Frasier. “I have also asked for assistance from the Eugene Police Department to assist in the forensic examination of the scene.”
Officers from the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Bandon Police, Myrtle Point Police, Coos County Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney’s Office have been enlisted for assistance. The Coos County Sheriff’s Office will be leading the investigation and have asked anyone with information related to this case to contact deputies.
WASHINGTON — Republican apprehension over President Donald Trump's next tweet and fear of riling conservative voters are undermining GOP leaders' election-year struggle to shove an immigration bill through the House this week, leaving their prospects dubious.
Party leaders are trying to finally secure the votes they need for their wide-ranging bill with tweaks they hope will goose support from the GOP's dueling conservative and moderate wings. But more importantly, wavering Republicans want Trump to provide political cover for immigration legislation that's despised by hard-right voters. His recent statements on their bill and history of abruptly flip-flopping on past health care and spending measures have not been reassuring.
Last Tuesday, he privately told House Republicans that he backed their legislation "1,000 percent" and would protect them during their campaigns, lawmakers said. By Friday, he was tweeting that "Republicans should stop wasting their time on Immigration" and wait until after the November elections, when he said the GOP would approve tougher legislation because it will gain strength in Congress. That proposition is dicey at best.
On Sunday, Trump further complicated matters, comparing people entering the U.S. from Mexico to invaders and saying they should be immediately sent back without appearing before a judge.
The American Civil Liberties Union said in response that such a step would be illegal and violate the Constitution that Trump swore to uphold.
"We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country," the president said on Twitter as he was being driven to his private golf club in Northern Virginia. "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order."
"Most children come without parents ... Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years!" he continued. "Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!"
Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, responded forcefully.
"What President Trump has suggested here is both illegal and unconstitutional," Jadwat said. "Any official who has sworn an oath to uphold the Constitution and laws should disavow it unequivocally."
Before Trump's Sunday tweet, Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon, a senior House Republican, offered his own criticism of the president's approach to immigration.
"I think that the best way to pass legislation is to consistently support a position and help move it forward," Walden said. Asked if Trump was doing that, Walden pivoted toward a door and said, "I'll leave it at that."
Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday" that he talked to the White House on Saturday and "they say the president is still 100 percent behind us."
The bill would make citizenship a possibility for "Dreamer" immigrants brought illegally to the U.S. when young. It also would finance Trump's long-promised $25 billion wall with Mexico and curb government agencies from wrenching migrant children from detained parents.
The measure is the product of weeks of bargaining between party conservatives and moderates. Even so, the two GOP factions have been unable to resolve their differences and vote-counters have yet to round up a majority. Republicans are getting no help from Democrats, who uniformly oppose the legislation.
The GOP divisions come at a bad time for the party: Elections are approaching and immigration has riveted public attention for months. Republicans who are battling to retain House control have hoped to focus this fall's campaigns on the economy and tax cuts.
Instead, Republican blockades against ending deportations of young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children were major news earlier this year. In recent days, the focus has shifted to the Trump administration's wrenching of migrant children from their parents.
Neither of those have been good looks for Republicans from swing districts with large numbers of moderate voters — the very incumbents who must be re-elected for the GOP to retain House control.
Lawmakers said leaders wanted to round up GOP votes by adding provisions requiring companies to verify workers' citizenship, which conservatives like. They would also ease restrictions on seasonal migrant workers, a priority for farm-district, moderate Republicans.
Until now, party leaders have hesitated to include those items because they could end up costing votes, not gaining them. Moderate Republicans don't like the citizenship verification requirement and some conservatives don't like helping immigrants stay in the U.S.
Another problem is the two additional provisions don't address the major reason for GOP defections: Conservatives say helping Dreamers stay in the U.S. is handing amnesty to lawbreakers.
"I'm a 'no,'" said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., a member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus. He said he couldn't defend helping the Dreamers "to people waiting in line the right way" to immigrate to the U.S.
The House defeated a more conservative immigration alternative last week.
GOP leaders said the House will vote on its compromise immigration bill despite Trump's flashing red light on the subject.
Top Republicans have wanted to hold the votes, win or lose, partly to defuse an effort by GOP moderates to force the chamber to vote on liberal-leaning bills helping immigrants win citizenship. Those measures could pass the House if backed by Democrats and a few Republicans, an outcome that would enrage conservative voters.
In addition, some Republicans are eager for roll calls to show voters back home that they've tried to address the issue.
"I think it's important that the House be able to show we can take the action," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.