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New Information Released Regarding Officer-Involved Shooting

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ROSEBURG, Ore. — Douglas County officials held a press conference Thursday morning to release findings from the investigation of a shooting in Green that left one man dead and a woman hospitalized.

At the press conference, Deputy District Attorney Kathleen Johnson said earlier this month, law enforcement responded to reports of a shooting in Green, just south of Roseburg. Officials said once on scene, they proceeded to help the victim, 19-year-old Lisa Martin of Eugene.

In an interview, Martin claims she only knew the suspect, 25-year-old James George, also known by James Wessgert, for a short period of time before the incident. Martin said they had been on methamphetamines the majority of the time. She also claimed George had not slept for a few days before the shooting.

Johnson said Martin claims she tried to leave George but he waved the gun at her, telling her she couldn’t leave. He later agreed to let her leave if he helped her with a robbery and they proceeded to the residence of Robert Lanham at 2306 Happy Valley Road in Green. Martin said she doesn’t know why or how George decided to go to this residence, but that the two men may have lived in the same mobile home park in the past.

Martin said once at Lanham’s residence, she got out of the car, only to have Lanham come out of his home to ask the two to approach the porch because he didn’t know what they were doing there. Johnson said it was at that point that Martin stopped walking, likely not sure what to do. George then fired about five shots at Martin, with at least three of them striking her in the chest, buttocks, and back. Martin also had a through and through wound, also likely from being shot by George.

Johnson said Lanham then ran into his residence, grabbed his gun, then came out and fired at the vehicle several times, none of which are believed to have hit George or Martin.

Law enforcement then arrived and started caring for Martin. They said George then shot at them from a wooded area. Deputies returned fire on the suspect, which the Grand Jury deemed necessary during a hearing on Wednesday.

Officials said none of the rounds fired by deputies hit George, and that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sergeant Andy Kenyon of Oregon State Police said Martin was released from Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield five days ago, and is not facing any charges.

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