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LG man indicted on charges related to July 14 shooting
Enterprise — A La Grande man was taken into custody Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on several charges related to a July shooting in rural Enterprise.
Jeff Manning, communications and policy director for the Oregon Department of Justice, said Randy Dickenson, 55, was arrested on a warrant charging him with unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, menacing, reckless endangering and pointing a firearm at another.
He is being held on $35,000 bail at the Union County Jail.
The charges stem from a July 14 incident when Daniel K. Courtney, 47, of Enterprise, shot Dickenson in the chest and was subsequently taken into custody and charged with second-degree assault. Courtney was arraigned and released on $50,000 bail.
According to court documents filed in Wallowa County Circuit Court, on Thursday a grand jury declined to indict Courtney.
A warrant filed with the court commanded Dickenson’s arrest. Officer David Aydelotte of the state police wrote in his booking record, “Judge West issued a warrant of arrest on 9-19-13. At 4:30 p.m. I saw Dickenson outside the District Attorney’s Office. I was aware of warrant and know Randy Dickenson. Arrest affected.”
According to the indictment, Dickenson attempted to use a revolver against Courtney. Possessing a firearm is a violation of Dickenson’s Jan. 24, 2001 conviction of first-degree burglary, a felony.
Dickenson is also charged with attempting to place Courtney “in fear of imminent serious physical injury by shooting a firearm at him.”
The indictment said Dickenson did unlawfully and recklessly create a substantial risk of serious physical injury to Courtney by shooting a firearm in his direction. The final count said Dickenson pointed a revolver at Courtney within range of the firearm.
The indictment was signed by Special Deputy District Attorney Matthew McCauley.
Courtney is a former Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office deputy. According to court documents, the case was investigated by Oregon State Police and prosecuted by the Oregon Department of Justice due to a potential conflict of interest by the local sheriff’s office and district attorney’s office.