Burglar still loose after shooting Wilsonville man in head

Burglar still loose after shooting Wilsonville man in head

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by Michael Rollins, KGW.com staff

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Posted on August 7, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 9 at 9:57 AM

WILSONVILLE -- Police continued their investigation into the robbery and attempted murder of a man inside his house who was shot in the back of the head.

Donald R. Barham, 53, suffered a wound along the hairline of his head, said Clackamas County Sheriff's Office spokesman Det. Jim Strovink. Not until Friday was a detective able to interview Barham in the hospital about the Tuesday shooting.

Investigators have pieced together what they think happened.

Barham, a cook at the Wilsonville Bowling Alley, didn't show up for a Tuesday afternoon shift. A friend went to his house on Wilsonville Road Wednesday morning and found him on the floor inside his home, hurt and incoherent.

An ambulance crew took Barham to the hospital where it was determined that he had a gunshot wound to the back of the head.
Though Barham was awake and alert when found by his friend, he required extensive surgery that did now allow an interview until Friday.

What police do know was that Barham's pickup was stolen, crashed and recovered Thursday near 29281 S. Molalla Forest Road. Items stolen from Barham were found in a recycling container in Molalla.

When finally interviewed, detectives learned from Barham that he came home Tuesday afternoon and found a man inside his home. He was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and demanded food and money. Soon after, Barham was shot.

The suspect was a white man, about 35 to 40 years old and about 5 foot 10. A better description won't be available until Barham recovers more from the shooting, Strovink said.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential Tip Line at (503) 723-4949 or online.

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