Update #3 Bastendorff Beach Shooting

The Coos County District Attorney’s Office is confirming another body related to the Bastendorff Beach shooting. The father of suspect Zachary Brimhall, 58 year-old William Raymond Brimhall was found in his car near Middle Creek Access Road 16 miles from the Fairview McKinley intersection. William Brimhall died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. According to police the investigation is ongoing and you are urged to contact the Coos County Sheriff’s Office with information relating to this case.

The victim of the homicide at Bastendorff Beach has been identified as 43 year old Walker, Michigan resident David Jesse Hortman. Hortman is a representative of a RV supply company. He had been in Oregon for a show where he was an exhibitor on behalf of his company. He had extended his stay in Oregon to take a week of vacation to see the Oregon Coast. He had parked his vehicle near the south jetty for the night and appeared to have been asleep at the time of the shooting.
As officers were processing the suspect’s vehicle, the police found what appeared to be bomb making materials. As a precaution, the officers stopped working on the vehicle and called for the Oregon State Police Bomb squad to come to Bastendorff Beach.

Investigators have reason to believe that the suspect, Zachary Brimhall, has caused harm to his father, Ray Brimhall. The vehicle of Ray Brimhall has been located in a rural area of Coos County. Officers have not approached the vehicle due to concerns that the car may have explosives inside of it. We are not releasing the location of that vehicle at this time.
The Coos County Sheriff’s Office is the lead agency in this case. Officers from the Oregon State Police, Coos Bay Police, Myrtle Point Police, Coquille Tribal Police, Confederated Tribal Police, two teams from the Oregon State Police bomb squad, the Coos County Medical Examiner and Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier have responded to assist in this investigation.

Again, anyone with information about this matter is encouraged to contact the Coos County Sheriff’s Office.


The Coos County Sheriff’s office received several 911 calls regarding multiple gun shots at Bastendorff Beach during the early morning hours of August 19th. Upon arrival, deputies found at least five vehicles that had been shot. In one vehicle in the parking lot at the south jetty, the officers found the body of an adult white male. He appears to have been shot while he was sleeping. The name of the victim will be released pending notification of next of kin.
The person suspected in the shooting has been identified as 34-year-old Dillard resident Zachary Levi Brimhall. Brimhall was found dead in his vehicle from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. It appears that Brimhall, as he was driving on the road by Bastendorff Beach, fired multiple shots from inside his vehicle. Multiple firearms were found in the vehicle. There is no known connection between the victim and Brimhall.
At this point authorities have no information as to Mr. Brimhall’s motive. They are in the process of locating his friends, associates and relatives. They have been unable to locate Mr. Brimhall’s father. He is 58-year-old Ray Brimhall. Anyone who knows where Ray Brimhall is located is asked to call the Sheriff’s office. The Coos County Major Crime Team has been activated and is on scene.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 and is filed under Local News.