UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Klamath Falls shooting

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, April 17 2014 at 8:03 AM, Updated: Thu, April 17 2014 at 3:09 PM

Klamath Falls, Ore. - A man is dead after police say he was shot and killed by a co-worker at a Klamath Falls rail yard early Thursday morning.

Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge says that shots rang just after 6 A.M. at the Burlington Northern rail yard on Laverne Avenue...

"We had an employee shoot another employee, multiple gunshot wounds."

The victim has been identified as Emery Connor, a mechanical supervisor who has been with Burlington Northern for the past 8 years.

Patridge adds that a suspect was quickly in police custody...

"We have arrested the shooter at this point in time, and charged him with murder."

Police identified the shooter as 58 year old James Harold Forshee II.

The D.A. says the motive behind the shooting is unclear...

"I don't have any information related to the particular dispute - and that would be something we would bring into trial at the court."

The area was sealed off quickly, Patridge adds that the Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated...

"We're now continuing to process the scene and continuing to investigate, and talk to witnesses."

The Oregon State Police mobile crime lab arrived shortly before noon to gather evidence.

"We anticipate the case will be arraigned tomorrow." Says District Attorney Patridge. "And go before the grand jury next week."

Burlington Northern workers could not provide any details to the media.

The Klamath County District Attorney intends to present the case to the Klamath County grand jury next Thursday, April 24th.

The Burlington Northern Santa Fe has issued a statement "Extending it's deepest sympathies to Emery Connor's family, friends, and co-workers for the tragic loss of his life in a senseless act of violence."

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About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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