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Deadly shooting erupted at birthday party for suspect's roommate, police say

The suspect - Jordan Wyatt Ledbetter, 23 - faces arraignment Tuesday. He is in the Lane County Jail, being held on a charge of murder and four counts of assault. (SBG)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A Springfield man high on drugs opened fire at a birthday party for his roommate Saturday night, fatally shooting one man in the chest, hitting another in the throat and wounding the roommate in the arm, police say.

Springfield Police are still working to determine what led up to the shooting.

The suspect - Jordan Wyatt Ledbetter, 23 - faces arraignment Tuesday. He is in the Lane County Jail, being held on a charge of murder and four counts of assault.

The shooting happened at a birthday gathering at Ledbetter's apartment for his roommate, 22-year-old Jesse Ray Able. Police said Able suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. He is expected to survive.

Garrett Dean Peterson, 27, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, police said. Peterson later died at the hospital.

Darin Ray Havens, 21, was shot in the throat.

Police said another roommate who lived in the apartment got in an altercation of some kind with Ledbetter, but police have not yet determined what caused the shooting.

Lt. Scott McKee said officers responded to the Centennial Apartments around 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officers forced their way inside and took Ledbetter into custody.

"He was very aggressive, very hard to deal with," McKee said. "He resisted arrest."

McKee said Ledbetter had alcohol, marijuana and "illicit narcotics" in his system. Additional details about what kind of "illicit narcotics" are not yet available.

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