On Saturday morning (12/29/18) at 3:56am, Klamath County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of an assault in progress at a residence northeast of Beatty, Oregon. When officers arrived, the adult son of the assault victim retreated into a nearby building and refused to cooperate with the investigation. Deputies were able to contact a mental health crisis counselor who responded to the residence.

At approximately 7:50am, deputies requested that an ambulance be dispatched to the area, shots had been fired, the suspect needed medical attention, and all deputies were uninjured. It was soon determined that Mark Farrell (age 33, date of birth 04/09/85) was deceased. Initial investigation revealed the subject approached the deputies with a weapon and lethal force was used.

The Klamath County Major Crime Team was activated and the Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency per established protocol. Two involved Sheriff’s Office deputies will be placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. No further information will be released until all involved parties have been interviewed.

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