EUGENE, Ore. – An Elmira man who was shot after allegedly breaking into his neighbor’s house is now in Lane County Jail and was arraigned on Friday.
Brandon Coats, 34, was shot by his neighbor in Elmira early Thursday morning after he broke through the neighbor’s front door while armed with a shotgun, officials said. The neighbor shot Coats with a handgun and held him at gunpoint until deputies arrived.
Coats was taken to a local hospital for treatment after being shot, and was booked into Lane County Jail on Thursday afternoon. He was arraigned Friday on charges of first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon, and two counts of recklessly endangering another person. He is scheduled for a pre-trial conference in Lane County Circuit Court on May 5 at 2:30 p.m.
Lane County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the 24000 block of Horn Road in Elmira at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, on reports of loud yelling and gunshots. A woman reported that Coats was outside her house trying to force his way inside. The woman, her husband and their child were home at the time.
The investigation revealed Coats fired several rounds from at least two firearms inside his residence and then went to at least two neighboring residences demanding to be let inside.