SILVERTON, Ore. — A 78-year-old gunman who wounded one person at a RV park before he was shot dead by officers had recently been evicted from the park after making threats.
More details have emerged on Tuesday about Jimmie E. Hickey, the man who randomly began firing shots Monday afternoon at Silver Spur RV Park in Silverton. Those who knew Hickey said he had been acting delusional, claiming a secret society wanted to kill him.
Meanwhile, the three officers who fired their guns have been identified. They are Marion County sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Postlewait and Oregon State Police troopers Nick Rhoades and James Andrews.
The officers were placed on administrative leave, as is standard for police-involved shootings.
The man wounded by Hickey’s gunfire has been identified as 32-year-old Nicholas Fisher, the park’s assistant manager. He was shot in the arm and is expected to recover.
The owners of the Silver Spur RV Park say Hickey had been acting delusional and was evicted last week after management learned he had a concealed weapons permit and threatened to kill people.
Still, others who knew Hickey said the delusional behavior only began recently. Larry Parent said he met Hickey at Pudge’s Pub in downtown Silverton, and the two would meet for karaoke every Friday night. Hickey liked cream soda.
Two weeks ago, however, Parent said Hickey began acting strange. He asked Parent if he could move in with him, though the two didn’t know each other well.
“Everything seemed normal until a few days later, he said, ‘I got to talk to you’ and seemed really anxious,” Parent said. “I said I’ll meet you at Pudge’s and he started talking about (how) he wasn’t getting any sleep at night because the Illuminati were after him and they were banging on his walls at night and he was looking for a room and a place to sleep.”
The park owner also said they had heard Hickey talk about his fear of the Illiminati, a secret society that became well known from the Tom Hanks movie, “Angels and Demons.”
Following Hickey’s threats to kill people, he was asked to move out.
After exchanging gunfire with multiple officers, Hickey was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center. He died later in the evening of multiple gunshot wounds.
Hickey had a previous conviction of public indecency in 2003.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.