Sprague River Shooting Suspect Indicted For Murder

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, May 2 2013 at 4:34 PM, Updated: Thu, May 2 2013 at 4:46 PM

Court records show that a man killed last week in Sprague River was shot nine times in the chest...The man suspected of pulling the trigger was indicted late this afternoon for murder.

Court records quote 25 year old Teel Blue Gentry as saying:  "I already shot and killed someone tonight 9 times for stabbing my friend."

36 year old Derrick William Forste was found shot to death Thursday evening of last week in Sprague River.

Court records indicate that Teel admits he shot Forste, after Forste had stabbed a person identified only as 'Stevie Ray', and slashed the clothing of Buster Brown Atchley.

The records quote Teel as saying:  "I'm waiting for SWAT to show up so they can get shot in the face."

Teel was initially charged with two counts of attempted aggravated murder.

Those charges stem from shots taken at Deputy Geneva Lewis, and Sergeant Steve Lewis, who were responding to the scene.

After shots were fired at police, SWAT teams from across the state were called in to assist.

While Gentry is alleged to have said he would 'not be taken alive', police eventually talked Gentry into surrendering.

Gentry was indicted by a grand jury on additional charges including murder this afternoon.

Those additional charges against Gentry include 5 counts of attempted aggravated murder for allegedly shooting at police.

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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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