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Pete Sharp allegedly shot his son Johnathan Sharp on Wednesday afternoon on a Madras Highway property

A Prineville man is facing an attempted murder charge following a shooting Wednesday afternoon that seriously wounded his son.

Crook County Sheriff's Office deputies were initially dispatched to a Northwest Madras Highway location to respond to a report of a trespass in progress. Before deputies arrived, the call was upgraded to a report of a shooting with the victim fleeing into a wooded area along the property.

When deputies arrived on scene, they determined that 77-year-old Pete Sharp had shot his 35-year-old son, Johnathan Sharp. Pete Sharp was detained at the scene without incident, pending investigation.

Deputies attempted to get Johnathan Sharp to come out of the wooded area so medics could treat his injuries, but he failed to do so. Because it was reported Johnathan may have been armed as well, the assistance of Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (CERT) was called.

A drone was used to locate Johnathan, who was hiding, and eventually CERT was able to get him detained. Johnathan was then taken to the waiting ambulance where he was treated by medics and then transported him to St. Charles Prineville. He was later transferred by air ambulance to St. Charles Bend in serious condition.

Pete Sharp was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, menacing and unlawful use of a weapon. He was lodged in Crook County Jail and his bail was set at $425,000.

Investigation of the incident is ongoing.


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