12:22 p.m. An Ashland property where a person was shot this morning by a Jackson County sheriff's deputy was posted with no-trespassing signs that specifically warn away the sheriff's department and any government agent, police officer, Realtor or attorney.
The signs identify a Mr. Harris as a designee at the property. Jackson County property records identify him as Earl Harris. Court records show multiple civil suit between Harris and U.S. Bank.
Updated 3:50 p.m. Harris was fighting an April 11, 2014, residential eviction notice signed by Jackson County Circuit Judge Ron Grensky that was part of a protracted foreclosure case U.S. Bank filed on the property in July 2011, court records show.
Harris also represented himself in suing Grensky in U.S. District Court in December 2012, trying to get Grensky’s January 2012 foreclosure thrown out. In his complaint, Harris claimed that the state court didn’t have jurisdiction in the case and that Grensky was running a “foreclosure mill” process that showed biased against Harris, court papers state.
As recently as April 29, Harris filed a five-page complaint in federal court claiming his property was fraudulently foreclosed upon and that the residential eviction notice also was fraudulently obtained, according to Harris’ affidavit filed in that case.
No other documents have been entered in that federal case.
Court records reveal no criminal history in Oregon for Harris, who described himself in court papers as honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.
Alan Weiss, a Blackstone Audio employee, was on break outside this morning when he saw multiple police cars pull up to the property next door. Officers with guns hurried to the home. Although Weiss didn't hear shots, he later saw a person loaded into an ambulance.
Weiss described a man who lived on the property as "a colorful character" who had sent angry emails to Blackstone officials, posted his property with detailed No Trespassing signs and flew the American flag upside down.
11:20 a.m. A Jackson County sheriff's deputy was involved in a shooting on Mistletoe Road in Ashland this morning.
A report of shots fired came in around 10 a.m., officials said. The deputy wasn't injured, but the county's multi-agency major assault and death investigation unit is on the scene in the first block of Mistletoe Road, near Blackstone Audio.