Man responds to home invasion attempt with shotgun, three hurt

Man responds to home invasion attempt with shotgun, three hurt »Play Video
CLACKAMAS, Ore. - Clackamas County deputies say an attempted home invasion occurred in Clackamas early Thursday, leading to the shootings of two suspects and the roommate of a man living there. A woman who was also in the home was not hurt.

Police also found a "modest" marijuana growing operation on the property.
     
It happened Thursday morning inside the rural residence on Southeast 162nd, near State Highway 212. The home is located on a 30-acre plot of land.
     
Authorities got a 911 call at about 3 a.m. from a person who lives at the house, telling them he shot two men who came into the basement section of the home, where his roommate was residing. The man also says his roommate got caught in the crossfire and was also shot.

The man in the home reportedly fired several rounds from a shotgun.

The persons in the home at the time of the incident and the persons suspected of entering the home by force were identified by police Thursday afternoon in a press release. All have prior arrest records.

John Edward Harris, born in October, 1982, has a prior arrest in 2004 for assaulting a Portland police officer. Harris is identified as the "shooter" during the home invasion event. He was not injured.

Anthony Patrick Cooper, 25, is a corrections client and has prior arrests for delivery of a controlled substance; delivery and possession of a controlled substance; robbery; burglary; menacing and dangerous weapons in Multnomah County. Cooper is identified as the roommate who was being assaulted violently by the intruding suspects and was shot by his roommate (Harris) during the altercation. Cooper was shot at close range in the hand and is in stable condition.

Melinda Beth Kotkins, 22, has a prior arrest in Pierce County, Washington for a controlled substance charge. Kotkins was reportedly sleeping in the residence when the home invasion occurred and is reported to have attempted to administer medical attention to Cooper who was injured during the event. She was not injured.

The two subjects who forced entry into the residence and were subsequently shot by Harris were identified as:

Donald Anthony Beckwith, 18, has prior arrests in Multnomah County for robbery; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and attempt to elude. Beckwith was transported to a local hospital and remains in critical condition. Beckwith was shot at close range in the abdomen by Harris with a shotgun.

Steven Michael Cohoon, 35, has an extensive criminal history including attempt to elude; unlawful possession of meth; possession of burglary tools; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; burglary; theft and criminal trespass. Cohoon was also shot by Harris with a shotgun in the upper torso at close range.

The three men have been hospitalized.
     
Authorities say they think the marijuana grow at the residence may be the reason the suspects broke into the home, which is located in a secluded area at the end of a long private driveway.

The investigation is continuing.


The Clackamas home as seen from Jet 2