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Deputies kill armed 73-year-old Ashland man during eviction


JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — A pair of Jackson County sheriff's deputies enforcing an eviction notice Tuesday in Ashland killed the homeowner — shooting him at least twice when he displayed a shotgun and failed to follow their instructions, Sheriff Mike Winters said.

Earl Harris, 74, of 35 Mistletoe Road, had additional weapons strapped to his body, and several weapons, including a pair of grenades, were found inside the house following the shooting, Winters said Wednesday at a press conference in Central Point.

For Tuesday's forced eviction, deputies went prepared with four sheriff's SWAT team members in addition to the pair of deputies who approached the home, Winters said...


Where does an older person go when they loses their home? That is a question more and more people are having to face. In days past that might mean they would move in with family but with today's families often being far flung and independent that solution is often not possible.

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One less mundane to burden

One less mundane to burden "Socialist Security" and "Medicrap"...

AP and the de-education of America

"Winters adds that Harris had several guns, as well as grenades, and [he flew the American flag upside down, signaling anti-government views.]"


The Flag Code states, "The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of [extreme danger to life or property]."

I don't see anything there that talks about anti-gov'ment views. Harris obviously felt his property was in danger, and possibly his life defending the other. In effect, he did displayed HIS flag properly. Maybe he should have led with his grenades.

you really think

this will be the end for his family? I promise you they will not forget.

Sadly, this man will go out

Sadly, this man will go out in silence with the stroke of the pen at the sheriff's department and a small byline thanking the police for their "heroism" in exterminating him. I wonder if he had it to do again would he have planned to take a few with him alt least then he could be associated with groups he had never heard of and everyone would know his middle name... Now if the cops brought swat with them did they know this was going to turn violent??? (don't answer) God forbid they would have done a little research and found some close to him to take with them to diffuse rather then more fire power.

Simple slogan you can all have,,, "more Andy Griffith less Robocop" before it is too late.

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

Let me guess, the guy was

Let me guess, the guy was delinquent on property taxes. Probably owed less then $500.00 in back taxes.......

" and he flew the American flag upside down, signaling anti-government views." Really!?! Traditionally, flying the flag upside down is a signal of distress.

Upside Down Flag

Flying the American flag upside down is an officially recognized signal of distress.

Here is the relevant part of the US Code of Laws regarding how to fly the flag when in distress:


§ 8(a)The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

Most individuals who have served in military service of our nation should recognize this signal.


I kinda echoed your sentiment. What can I say, great minds think alike.

No worries. That bit about

No worries. That bit about the flag just slapped me in the face. Presstitutes will say anything to push the domestic terrorist propaganda.