UPDATE: A preliminary investigation showed that Jeremy Platz, 40, of Bandon, was riding his bicycle south bound on Hwy 101 when he was confronted by Robert Walker, 70, of Bandon, who was driving past in a vehicle.
Walker and Platz are known to each other and allegedly have a long simmering dispute stemming from marijuana issues. Walker is a long standing medical marijuana advocate, card holder, and grower.
Walker allegedly fired at Platz from his vehicle, striking Platz at least once in the leg. Platz received initial medical treatment in the local area and was eventually transported to OHSU hospital in Portland for further treatment. He is reported to be in stable condition with a non-life threatening injury.
BANDON, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State Police say a 40-year-old man riding his bicycle on U.S. Highway 101 on the Oregon coast was shot in the leg. A 70-year-old man has been arrested.
State police Sgt. Teresa Bowersox said troopers responded Monday afternoon to a report of an auto vs. bicycle collision, only to find out they were dealing with a shooting.
The sergeant says Jeremy Platz of Bandon was taken to a Portland hospital, where he was reported in stable condition with a non-life-threatening injury.
The Coos County major crimes team has arrested Robert Melvin Walker of Bandon for investigation of attempted murder and assault. He was booked into the Coos County Jail.
Sgt. Bowersox declined to say exactly where the shooter was when the bicyclist was hit or whether the two knew each other. She says the weapon was a handgun.
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