Former deputy involved in shooting

Written by Observer staff July 15, 2013 10:11 am

Police responded to a shooting Sunday in rural Enterprise. A former Wallowa County deputy was arrested in connection to the incident. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
Police responded to a shooting Sunday in rural Enterprise. A former Wallowa County deputy was arrested in connection to the incident. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
 

ENTERPRISE — A former Wallowa County deputy is behind bars after a dispute turned violent Sunday.

Daniel Courtney, 47, of Enterprise faces second-degree assault charges after he was arrested for a non-fatal shooting of a man on his property in rural Enterprise.

Courtney was taken into custody around 1:15 a.m. Monday morning, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police. Courtney surrendered to authorities without incident. Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers asked state police to lead the investigation because Courtney is a retired county deputy.

Courtney was lodged in the Union County Jail.

Police said the incident occurred around 8 p.m. Sunday on Courtney’s property at 63885 Williamson Road. 

Wallowa County District Attorney Mona Williams said OSP troopers responded to assist Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 8 p.m. Sunday at the scene following the shooting.

After the shooting, Courtney remained at the scene.

Police identified the victim as Randy Dickenson, 53, of La Grande. Police said Dickenson, a relative of Courtney’s, was transported to a local hospital and then transferred by air ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. 

Dickenson was shot at least once and is in critical condition, according to the OSP press release.

Law enforcement officers from OSP, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the Enterprise Police Department responded to assist the Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office. State police SWAT personnel also were requested to respond.