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Springfield man accused of shooting sawed-off shotgun

Officials say numerous callers reported multiple shots fired.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 8:21 AM
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 10:39 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police arrested a Springfield man Thursday morning for allegedly shooting a sawed-off shotgun in the Gateway area. 

Springfield police said numerous callers reported multiple shots fired. When officers arrived in the area, they heard a shot fired and debris falling around them.

The officers were unsure if they were being shot at and took cover. They told suspect James Smith, 28, to exit the property and he complied.

It does not appear Smith was intentionally shooting at officers or anyone in particular, police said. During the investigation, officials located the shotgun with seven spent casings. 

Smith was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun and unlawful use of a weapon.

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