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Jackson Co. Sheriff: Deputies Kill Armed Man During Eviction

The Jackson County sheriff says two deputies were serving an eviction order on an Ashland man Tuesday when he came out of his bedroom pointing a shotgun at them, and they shot and killed him.

Sheriff Mike Winters told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that both deputies fired and 73-year-old Earl Carlson Harris was hit at least twice.

Winters says it appears the deputy’s decision to fire was correct, but the case remains under investigation by state police and others.

He says four SWAT team members were off the property and standing by because when deputies talked to Harris about foreclosure on a previous occasion, he was armed.

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

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