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Police: Coos Bay man arrested after reportedly pointing, firing 'rifle' at man

Fred Shelton (Coos County Sheriff's Office booking photo)

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Coos County authorities arrested a man Friday after it was reported he pointed and fired a gun at someone, the sheriff's office said.

Around 1:20 p.m. Friday, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Mattson Lane in Coos Bay for a verbal dispute.

Deputies spoke with the involved parties and cleared the scene after determining no crime was committed, deeming the issue civil in nature.

But about four minutes later, a 911 call came from the residence stating someone had pointed and fired a gun at someone, the report said.

Deputies returned. The caller told them after deputies left, 58-year-old Coos Bay resident Fred Shelton, the property owner, pointed a rifle at him and fired it, but did not strike him.

Deputies went to contact Shelton, who was on the front porch, and observed a rifle inside the front door, the report said.

Deputies ordered him to stay where he was and show his hands, but he didn't comply and fled back into the residence.

Deputies followed and, after a brief struggle, detained him.

Authorities learned the rifle was actually a BB gun, police said.

Other witnesses on scene corroborated the victim's story.

Shelton was arrested and taken to the Coos County Jail, charged with Unlawful Use Weapon, Menacing and Resisting Arrest.

He was booked and lodged on $45,000 bail.

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