Douglas County Sheriff's Office


 Justice Building • Roseburg, Oregon 97470 • (541) 440-4450

John Hanlin


Date/Time of Release:  01/24/2012 - 09:15
Contact Person:  Dwes Hutson  
Contact Number:  541-440-4464  
Subject:  Accidental Fatal Shooting  
Date/Time of Incident:  01/23/2012 - 17:30
Incident Location:  100 block Arnold Lane, Myrtle Creek, OR  
Case Number:  12-322  
Deceased:  Miars, Lee Allan / 30 yoa male / Myrtle Creek, OR

On January 23, 2012, at about 1730 hours, deputies were called to a home in the 100 block of Arnold Lane to a report of a self inflicted gunshot victim. Deputies found 30 year old Lee Miars laying on the floor inside the residence suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He was transported to Mercy Hospital where he later died.

According to witnesses, Miars was telling a story that involved a gun, and he was using a semi-automatic handgun as a prop. Miars ejected the magazine from the weapon, put the gun near his head and then he fired the weapon, striking himself in the head.

Sheriff's detectives were called to the scene to assist in the investigation. At this time, the case is being investigated as an accidental shooting.

Next of kin has been notified.

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