No criminal charges in shooting death near Butte Falls

Jackson County, Ore. – On the evening of October 12th, law enforcement received a call from a woman who said her current boyfriend shot her ex-boyfriend during an altercation at their campsite near Ginger Creek in Butte Falls, according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Officials said Mariah Silveria and Shane Young were camping when Dick Laurence Zoomer Daniels appeared out of the woods near Young’s vehicle. Daniels was reportedly Silveria’s ex-boyfriend.

The district attorney’s office said Daniels aimed a flashlight at Silveria and Young as he approached the vehicle they were in. Daniels was also carrying a pistol and fired a shot toward Young, who exited the vehicle, only to be chased by Daniels. Another four or five rounds were shot as Daniels chased Young around the vehicle. Silveria then reached into the vehicle’s cab, grabbed a rifle, and handed it to Young–who was hiding behind the passenger side door. Young fired two rounds that struck Daniels in the upper chest and shoulder. Daniels was confirmed deceased when paramedics arrived on scene.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Silveria and Daniels were in a dispute over ownership of a truck that was found at the campsite.

A witness told investigators she dropped off Daniels, who was armed with a pistol and a rifle, near the campsite the night of the incident.

Detectives later found what they described as a “sniper’s site” hidden near the campsite. Daniel’s coat was found along with a .243 caliber rifle and scope.

According to the Jackson County D.A., based on evidence it has been determined Young was acting in self defense when he fired twice in response to the initial shots fired by Daniels.

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