Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier confirmed Monday night that Milton Chester Leach, a second person shot Sunday evening, September 2, near Bandon died at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.
D.A. Frasier released more details after police investigators continued working on the case today. A link to a news release with those details, including an explanation of the relationship of the five involved people, is provided with this update. Based upon the investigation to this point, Frasier indicated it is his intent to file the following charges Tuesday against shooting suspect, Timothy Allen Henson, in Coos County Circuit Court:
Count 1: Aggravated Murder, alleging George Micheaux III as the victim;
Count 2: Aggravated Murder, alleging Milton Chester Leach as the victim;
Count 3: Assault in the Second Degree, alleging Vallena Ruth Tuell as the victim;
Count 4: Kidnapping in the Second Degree, alleging Vallena Ruth Tuell as the victim; and
Count 5: Kidnapping in the Second Degree, alleging Ruth Sherrie Micheaux as the victim.
Two men and a young woman were shot on Highway 101 Sunday evening just north of the Seven Devils Road intersection near Bandon.
The Highway Patrol was alerted by several callers to 9-1-1 that there were two bodies lying on the shoulder of the road. They said they heard arguing, then gunshots. One caller got a good look at the car as it sped away.
Police and medical personnel responded to the scene and found two white male adults at that location. One was identified as Myrtle Creek resident George Micheaux III, born in 1993, who was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to have been shot. Also found at the scene was Myrtle Creek resident Milton Chester Leach, born in 1942, with an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was initially transported to Bay Area Hospital and then taken by air ambulance to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland. At last report he was in critical condition.
Police began an immediate search for the vehicle in question and located it within an hour later. They discovered it off a spur road from the main drive leading to Belloni’s Ranch several miles north of the crime scene. Officers from Oregon State Police and Coos County Sheriff’s Office found two adult females and Myrtle Creek resident Timothy Allen Henson, 43.
The initial investigation suggests an altercation occurred in the vehicle as it was driving north on Highway 101 with all five people in the vehicle. The five occupants were known to each other and are believed to reside on the same property in Myrtle Creek. At one point, someone pulled a gun and fired it inside the car, which then stopped.
The investigation is continuing but initially it appears that Mr. Leach and Mr. Micheaux were both shot while outside of the vehicle after it stopped. One of the female passengers also suffered a gunshot wound to her forearm believed to have happened during the initial altercation inside the vehicle. The vehicle then left the scene with Mr. Henson and the two females who were later located by officers.
Mr. Henson was transported to the Coos County Jail and lodged on the following charges:
* One count of Murder alleging Mr. Micheaux as the victim
* One count of attempted murder alleging Mr. Leach as the victim
* One count of Assault in the Second Degree for the wounding of the female victim
Coos County District Attorney R. Paul Frasier anticipates Mr. Henson will be arraigned sometime on Tuesday September 4th.
Anyone who has information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police.