Man Believed to Have Taken Own Life After Accidentally Shooting Brother

On February 8, 2022, at approximately 6:59 AM, Josephine County 911 received a report of a shooting at a residence in the 2000 block of Placer Road in Sunny Valley.

The caller reported that he had accidentally shot his brother while loading a gun because there was a bear on their property.

Upon arrival, Deputies located a deceased male from an apparent gunshot wound. While checking the rest of the residence, a second deceased male was located with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives were assisted by Detectives from the Oregon State Police.

Based upon the investigation, it is believed the caller took his own life after calling 911 to report the accidental shooting.

Authorities say this case is still under investigation and will be forwarded to the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office.

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