Neighbor shocked in fatal Ashland stabbing

ASHLAND, Ore. – One person is dead and a man is behind bars after a fatal stabbing in Ashland early Wednesday morning. NBC5 News was first on the scene, right after police taped off the area. We’re learning more about what took place in what neighbors say is usually a quiet neighborhood.

Neighbors told NBC5 News, Eagle Mill Road in North Ashland is usually quiet besides a few passing cars. But at 2:14 Wednesday morning, it was anything. One person was dead and their dog was injured both stabbed. Police arrested 30-year old Auriel Scattergood at the scene of the crime.

“The suspect responded to the deputies’ commands and gave himself up right away and was taken into custody,” said Aaron Lewis, Jackson Co. Sheriff’s Office.

One neighbor that’s lived here for over 4 decades is shocked to see this happen.

“It’s kinda rare. It’s really rare. That’s why I’ve moved down here,” said Carl Crenshaw.

Crenshaw knows his neighbors but doesn’t know Scattergood. But he has seen the area change in recent years.

“Nobody ever does anything around here. But we’ve had some problems because of the Bear Creek Path down here,” said Crenshaw.

Crenshaw’s not sure if he knows the victim, he’s just sad something like this would happen in his usually quiet neighborhood.

Scattergood’s charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and aggravated animal abuse. The victim has not yet been identified.

An Ashland Police car was involved in a crash while responding to the homicide. The officer involved received minor injuries. By 3:30 Wednesday morning, the roadway was clear.

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NBC5 News reporter Katie Streit comes from her hometown, Las Vegas. Katie went to the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism & Media Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in Las Vegas, Katie won a Student Emmy for her coverage of the Las Vegas Shooting Anniversary. She also hosted and produced the university's political news show, where she interviewed Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1). Her passion for politics turned into a coveted internship at the US Capitol in Washington D.C. In her final months working in the Las Vegas area, she was recognized for her journalism achievements by the Nevada Broadcaster's Foundation. Katie is excited to tell the stories of local Southern Oregonians and Northern Californians. Feel free to contact her at [email protected]
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