Shooting Startles Oregon Family Campground

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August 22, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Deputies in northwest Oregon's Columbia County say a Vernonia woman faces attempted murder charges after a shooting at a private Oregon campground, KPTV-TV, Beaverton, reported.

Deputies arrested 57-year-old Sally Ann Lee early today (Aug. 22) after a brief standoff with swat officers at the Lee's U-Catch Trout Farm in Vernonia, 20 miles northwest of Portland.

Investigators say Lee became angry during an argument between family members Sunday evening.

Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said Lee started shooting after she learned the house she has been living in is currently in foreclosure proceedings.

Lee's brother called 911 after the first shots were fired, saying she was drunk and firing a rifle.

A single Columbia County deputy was on duty when investigators learned that people were running for cover at the campground. Dispatchers said they heard at least two gunshots while they were on the phone with Lee's brother.

Sheriff Dickerson said his deputy was a long way away from the campground, so other agencies were asked to respond.

Officers from six different law enforcement agencies responded to the shooting. A firefighter, some medics and a dispatcher from Columbia County also assisted officers at the scene.

When authorities arrived at the campground, they learned Lee had fired at least four shots at bystanders. Officers recovered four shell casings at the scene.

Investigators said Lee barricaded herself inside a nearby fifth-wheel trailer, where deputies believe she had access to even more weapons.

Officers from the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) surrounded the trailer, but deputies said Lee surrendered at about 1 a.m. without a struggle.

She was taken to the Columbia County Jail on four charges of attempted murder. Sheriff Dickerson said more charges could be brought against Lee following an investigation into the shooting.

The sheriff said Sunday's shooting was the latest in a series of family squabbles involving Lee at the family's campground.

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