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Published on Friday April 22, 2011 - 12:08 PM
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A Banks man was arrested today after he kicked some people off of his property and then fired a handgun at them. He shot above their heads and no one was hurt.

On Wednesday April 20, 2011, at about 12:00 p.m. Sheriff's Deputies responded to 16000 SW Sellers Road, just outside the town of Banks, where it was reported that he was shooting at people.

When deputies arrived they closed Highway 26 in both directions, because of the location of the suspect's house and its' proximity to the highway. They contacted three men ages, 39, 39, and 21 who are all from Portland. The men told deputies that the suspect, 33-year-old Jason Clark, had hired them to remove several derelict vehicles from his property over the last few days.

One of the men was hurt during the process and they returned yesterday to ask for Mr. Clark's insurance information and to repair the ruts they made in the road when they removed the cars. Mr. Clark refused to give them any information and was upset because they had not repaired the ruts the day before. He escorted them off his property while holding a shotgun.

Once the men were off the property they were gathered at the base of his driveway talking. At this time Clark fired several rounds from a pistol, at least one of them went over the heads of the three men. No one was hurt.

Deputies contacted Clark who was cooperative with them. He told them he felt threatened by the men and that was why he fired his handgun. Deputies did not think Mr. Clark's fear was valid because the men left his property peacefully, they were not advancing on him, and he was over one hundred feet away when he fired his weapon. Mr. Clark was arrested for Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Recklessly Endangering another Person. He was booked into the Washington County Jail.