Eagle Point Police Officers LaFord and Leonard answered a 911 call on Friday, Apr. 30 at 9:47 p.m. for a situation at 139 N. Royal., according to Eagle Point Acting Police Chief Jim Gray.
The initial complainant, who was anonymous, said a shot had been fired, according to a report from Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston.
Upon arrival, officers LaFord and Leonard contacted Acting Police Chief Gray and Sgt. May. The suspect, Adam Wehinger, was on the second floor of his residence looking out the window. Gray tried negotiating with him. The Jackson County Sheriff’s office was contacted and activated their SWAT team. Efforts continued to contact Wehinger via his cell phone, but he did not answer it.
Oregon State Police also arrived. Positions were taken around the apartment. At 10:37 p.m. offers reported hearing gunshots being fired from within the residence.
At 11:03 p.m. Wehinger opened the front door to the residence and walked out onto the front porch pointing a handgun at officers. He fired three shots at officers with a hand gun, according to Acting Chief Gray. Detective Jim Biddle of the Sheriff’s office and Trooper Tyler Lee of the Oregon State Police fired at Wehinger, who died as a result of gunshot wounds.
Three bullet holes were found in an upstairs window screen of the residence. The window faced the parking lot where officers had taken up defensive positions.
An autopsy confirmed the number of shots fired by each officer. In accord with policy, Lee and Biddle were placed on paid leave pending the results of the investigation.
Acting Chief Gray said LaFord and Leonard, who were first on the scene, did an outstanding job. He said the sheriff’s department response and getting people organized and in position was also exceptional.
Wehinger had tried to get officers to shoot him several years ago, said Gray.
Wehinger served in the Marines and more recently in the Army and suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome as well as the disease of alcoholism.