On December 31, 2022 at approximately 2:00PM Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 10400 block of Old Fort Rd north of Klamath Falls, on a reported assault with a victim of a gun shot wound having left the scene.
The first deputy arriving into the area tended to a wounded victim and secured the scene for a Klamath County Fire District 1 ambulance to respond in and transport the victim to Sky Lakes Medical Center. The victim sustained two gun shot wounds that were not life threatening and was later released from the hospital
Additional deputies responded to the residence on Old Fort Road where the incident took place. The suspect, Loren Carrell Sr, age 38 of Klamath Falls, was contacted and taken into custody without further incident.
Police say Carrell Sr was known to be in possession of several firearms but had no prior convictions, though there was an outstanding felony warrant on an unrelated case.
In addition to Carrell Sr, there were five children living in the house, ages 9, 6, 4, 2, and infant. DHS took custody of the children due to the deplorable conditions in the house.
This case is being investigated by the Major Crime Team which includes representatives from Klamath Falls Police Department, Oregon State Police and the Klamath County District Attorney’s Office.
Carrell Sr is lodged at the Klamath County Jail on the original felony warrant as well following initial charges:
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Criminal Mistreatment (X5)
Child Neglect II (X5)
All suspects are considered innocent until any/all charges are proven true against them in a court of law.