- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - The trial of an Oregon man accused of shooting at sheriff’s deputies with a semi-automatic rifle and wounding one of them continued on Wednesday after the prosecutor and the defense attorney gave differing arguments over whether the suspect intended to fire at them.

Carlos Roa, 39, is charged with three counts of attempted aggravated murder with a firearm and other charges, the Register-Guard (https://bit.ly/2aIbovo ) reported.

Prosecutors say Roa was homicidal when he shot at Lane County deputies with an AK-47 rifle as they arrived at a forested property in September 2015.

The deputies were responding to a report of shots fired.

After they arrived, Deputy Todd Olson was shot in his right leg and in the groin area. Roa was shot in the buttock.

Chief Lane County District Attorney Erik Hasselman said in opening arguments Tuesday that Roa opened fire shortly after the deputies identified themselves as law enforcement officers and expects the jury will find Roa guilty of seven felony charges.

He told the jurors that evidence will show that the three deputies and a sheriff’s sergeant faced “the gravest type of situation that police officers can find themselves in” during the confrontation with Roa.

Roa’s lawyer, Mike Flinn said Roa was shooting haphazardly as the deputies arrived, did not see them because it was dark and does not remember shooting toward them.

“What you’re not going to find is Mr. Roa had the intent to kill any of the people that were out there,” Flinn told jurors.

Witness testimony was expected to begin on Wednesday.


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

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