- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

RICE HILL, Ore. (AP) - Authorities say an exchange of gunfire in the Rice Hill area about 50 miles south of Eugene has left a 24-year-old man and two dogs dead.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office tells The Register-Guard (https://bit.ly/1Kk17ol) that Ryan Scevers died in the Saturday morning altercation.

Authorities say that 65-year-old Frank Hendrickson told deputies he heard a commotion outside and then fatally shot a dog that was chasing his animals.

Police say that Scevers rode up on a stolen all-terrain vehicle and took a rifle from Hendrickson’s pickup truck and started shooting at Hendrickson’s 62-year-old wife, who fell and was transported to a hospital with a possible broken hip.

Police say Scevers shot and killed Hendrickson’s dog.

Deputies say Hendrickson returned fire and struck Scevers.

Authorities are investigating.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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