- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Marion County authorities say there was a beating in the countryside over the booming of devices aimed at shooing birds away.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Baldridge said a neighbor of a blueberry farmer got angry about the noise from “bird cannons,” propane-powered devices that emit a sound like gunfire.

Baldridge said cannons were going off Thursday evening when 37-year-old Luke Adam Chapman fired his shotgun over the head of the farmer and then battered the farmer with the weapon. The farmer was not seriously hurt.

Chapman was booked on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, assault and reckless endangerment.


Baldridge said the farmer had told his neighbors the cannons would start and, to make up for the inconvenience, offered to let them load up on berries.