BROOKS, Ore. – A neighbor fed up with a farmer who was using loud ‘bird cannons’ fired a shotgun over the farmer’s head then beat him with the gun.
The farmer was firing the cannons to scare off birds from his blueberry crop around 8 p.m. in the 8700 block of Umatilla Street NE, Marion County officials said.
That’s when the farmer says a neighbor, 37-year-old Luke Chapman, started firing his 12-gauge shotgun over the farmer’s head.
After Chapman ran out of rounds, he began hitting the farmer with his gun.
Chapman was arrested and charged with unlawful use of a weapon, assault and reckless endangerment.
Police also seized several guns and ammunition from Chapman’s home.