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News Release
Detectives Investigating Shots Fired Call in Green - 05/22/19

UPDATE 05/22/2019 5:45 PM

On May 19th, 2019, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a shots fired in the area of Highway 99 and Grant Smith Road, in the Green District.

Sheriff’s Office Detectives were activated and determined that an employee of a business in the area was leaving work, when she was shot at by a person who had been in the area.  The employee was being picked up in a vehicle when the attack occurred.  Neither the employee or the person providing the ride were injured in the attack, despite being fired at around 15 times.

The investigators were able to determine that the suspect in the case was 36 year-old Roseburg area resident, Joshua Preston.  The victim and suspect were known to each other.

On 05-21-19, at around 1750 hours, Joshua Preston was contacted by members of the Sheriff’s Office and taken into custody without incident.  He was lodged at the Douglas County Jail on multiple charges including;

  • Attempted Assault I
  • Felon in Possession of Firearm
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Pointing a Firearm at another
  • Recklessly Endangering
  • Criminal Mischief II
  • Menacing

Investigators have learned there were other persons were in the area of the shooting when it occurred, but have yet to make contact with them.  Those persons may not be aware of what they were witness to, therefore are asked to please call into the Sheriff’s Office and speak with an investigator.  The case is continuing and the Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone else with information about the incident to call the Douglas County Detectives Division at 541 440 4458. 

ORIGINAL RELEASE 05/20/2019

ROSEBURG, Ore. - Detectives are following up on leads after a vehicle was struck by gunfire in Green Sunday night. 

At about 10:22 pm, deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of shots fired in the area of Ladd Lane, but were unable to locate any witnesses or the source of the gunfire. 

At approximately 11:00 pm, dispatchers received a report from an individual who stated their vehicle had been struck by gunfire earlier in the evening near Taco Bell. No one was injured in the incident. 

Detectives were notified and are currently investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Investigations Division at 541-440-4458 or the non-emergency dispatch center at 541-440-4471.

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