Sheriff: Suspect in random S. Oregon killing run over after shooting pickup on I-5
ASHLAND, Ore. — A man shot and killed a cook at a southern Oregon lodge Saturday morning in an apparent random attack that ended with the suspect firing shots at traffic on Interstate 5 before he was hit and killed by a pickup driver.
Investigators said Sunday that the suspect was Brian Norman, a 50-year-old from Pacific Grove, California. He was found dead on the Interstate about a mile from the Oregon-California border.
Detectives said they believe Norman was driving to visit a relative in Oregon when he ran out of gas near Callahan’s Lodge, which is just off I-5 at milepost 6.
At first, officials said, Norman went into the lobby to use a phone. He then got a rifle from his car, went into the lodge’s kitchen, and shot and killed the cook, later identified as 40-year-old Ashalnd resident Ryan Paul Bagley.
A release from Jackson County Sheriff's Sgt. Julie Denney says there's no sign Bagley knew Norman.
Norman took the keys to Bagley’s 1993 Subaru Legacy wagon and headed back south on Interstate 5.
At about 7 a.m., shortly before another employee discovered Bagley, police received reports that someone had parked their car in the middle of I-5 south and started shooting at oncoming traffic.
Oregon State Police and Jackson County Sheriff's Office reports say the chaos ended when Bradley Moxon ran over Norman with his full-size pickup.
Moxon initially stopped when he saw the Subaru parked in the center lane, but told deputies that he started to drive forward after Norman shot his truck about three times.
Detectives talked with Norman’s family members, who said they were surprised by the incident. They added that Norman had undiagnosed mental health issues, Sgt. Denney said.
Investigators want to talk with anyone who may have had contact with Norman shortly before the incident. If you have helpful information, call (541) 774-6800.
*The Associated Press contributed to this areticle.