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Shooting South of Coos Bay: One Dead, One Critical and Another Injured
On Sunday, September 2, 2012, at approximately 6:00 PM, the Coos County 911 Center began receiving numerous 911 calls indicating that two bodies were lying on or next to Highway 101 just north of its intersection with Seven Devils Road. At least one call described some sort of altercation at that location and reported hearing gun shots. A vehicle description was given by at least one the 911 callers.
Police and medical personnel responded to the scene. At that location, two white male adults were located. One has been identified as Myrtle Creek resident George Micheaux III, born in 1993. Mr. Micheaux was pronounced dead at the scene. He appears to have been shot. Also found at the scene was Myrtle Creek resident Milton Chester Leach, born in 1942. Mr. Leach was found to have an apparent gunshot wound to the head. He was still alive and was transported to Bay Area Hospital. From there Mr. Leach was life flighted to OHSU in Portland. At last report he was in extremely critical condition.
Police began an immediate search for the vehicle in question. The vehicle was located within an hour of the first 911 call. It was found off a spur road from the main drive leading to Belloni’s Ranch, which is several miles north of the scene where Mr. Leach and Mr. Micheaux were located. At that location, the officers found two adult females and Myrtle Creek resident Timothy Allen Henson, born in 1969.
The initial investigation suggests that some sort of altercation occurred in the vehicle as it was driving north on Highway 101. All five of the parties were in the vehicle. All five were known to each other and are believed to have resided on the same property in Myrtle Creek. At some point in time a gun was produced and fired inside the car, which then stopped. The investigation is continuing but initially it appears that Mr. Leach and Mr. Micheaux were both fatally shot while outside of the vehicle after it stopped. One of the female passengers also suffered a gunshot wound to her forearm. It is believed she was wounded during the initial altercation inside the vehicle before it stopped. The vehicle then left the scene with Mr. Henson and the two females.
Mr. Henson has been transported to the Coos County Jail where he was lodged on one count of Murder alleging Mr. Micheaux as the victim, one count of attempted murder alleging Mr. Leach as the victim and one count of Assault in the Second Degree for the wounding of the female victim. I anticipate that Mr. Henson will be arraigned sometime on Tuesday September 4, 2012.
The Oregon State Police is the lead agency on this case. In addition to officers stationed in Coos Bay, State Police Detectives from Roseburg and Springfield have arrived to assist in the investigation. Further, officers from the Coos County Sheriff’s Office, Coos Bay Police Department, Bandon Police Department, Coquille Tribal Police, the Coos County Medical Examiner’s Office and the District Attorney all arrived to assist.
Anyone who has information regarding this case is encouraged to contact the Oregon State Police.
R. Paul Frasier