Man shot in head with crossbow bolt in Wolf Creek, two suspects arrested

WOLF CREEK, Ore –Two suspects are in the Josephine county jail, facing attempted murder-related charges following an incident earlier this month.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the victim, Donald Patterson Sr., was unlocking a gate near his home on the 21-hundred block of Bridge Lane in Wolf Creek.

Patterson was then shot in the head with a crossbow bolt. The report stated that he went to a nearby fire station before being transported to the hospital.

The victim reportedly shared with the detective that he believed his nephew, Brad Hartmeister, shot him. Patterson shared that the two have been in an ongoing feud, and also thought others were conspiring to kill him.

During the investigation, Sheriff’s said Hartmeister allegedly hired someone from Nevada to shoot Patterson. That suspect, later identified as Jacob Marshall, admitted to the shooting and agreed to be paid in cash according to the affidavit.

Detectives say they later found money at the residence, estimated to be a little more than $100,000.

“This will not be a quick investigation or resolution,” Lisa Turner, deputy district attorney for Josephine County, told NBC5. “Just because of the nature of the charges and volume of discovery that happens, and volume of investigation.”

Hartmeister is facing several charges including conspiracy and attempt to commit murder. Marshall has also been charged with attempted murder in the first degree.

The health status of Patterson is currently unknown.

This remains a developing story and more details will be released as it becomes available.

Anthony Carter is a reporter for NBC5 News. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2019. Anthony started his career as a print journalist, covering New York sports and the NBA Draft. He then started his own sports podcast and website covering the Arena Football League. Anthony moved to the Rogue Valley in 2019 as a news producer before joining the NBC5 News family. Anthony likes to workout at the gym, play basketball, and root for his Atlanta Hawks and New York Jets. Want to connect with Anthony? send him an email: [email protected]
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