Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Mon, June 30 2014 at 2:54 PM, Updated: Mon, June 30 2014 at 3:01 PM
Sprague River, Ore. - Shots rang out in Sprague River Friday night, and a deputy was injured in a fight with the armed suspect.
Klamath County Sheriff Frank Skrah says deputies were called to Sprague river just after 8 Friday evening...
"We had Mr. Cody Brundage firing a .357 magnum, multiple rounds at anything that moved."
Skrah says Brundage fought with 3 deputies...
"There was a fight over a firearm. He had his finger on the trigger."
Skrah adds that deputy Derek Randall was injured in the fight...
"His right hand is pretty badly damaged. Thumb was going in the wrong direction, first finger was going in the wrong direction - but he stayed in the fight."
Deputy Randall will be on medical leave for at least a week.
Brundage is in jail, facing multiple charges.
And Sheriff Skrah says he's proud of the team effort...
"These guys run at danger. I was so proud of the way they handled themselves."
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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.