BEND, Ore. — A Medford man was involved in a shooting after a transient approached him with a knife, according to Bend NBC affiliate KTVZ. The television station reports Robert Garris shot Christopher Nolan following the confrontation outside of a Jack in the Box.
NBC5 News spoke with Garris on the phone on Thursday. He didn’t want to go on camera, but said he’s spending time with family after the traumatic experience.
According to KTVZ, Nolan approached Garris in Bend on Monday night around 9:30 p.m. The station reports Nolan pulled out a knife and confronted Garris. Reports reveal Garris then shot the man several times.
“The Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office came out on scene, the Oregon State Police crime lab came out to help us process the scene,” Bend Police Lieutenant Clint Burleigh said.
The Bend Police Department told reporters the confrontation was unprovoked, and Garris was legally carrying the gun. Bend police said he’s been cooperating with the investigation.
“These cases tend to take a little time to figure out exactly what happened,” Lt. Burleigh said.
The Deschutes County District Attorney is reviewing the case. They tell KTVZ no charges have been filed at this point, as they haven’t determined if a crime was committed. They also said they’re exploring if the shooting was in self defense.
According to KTVZ, Nolan was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries; he is expected to recover.