Saturday, June 3, 2017

**Update -- Suspect Charged in Douglas County Homicide Investigation** (Photo)


News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: June 3rd, 2017 1:27 PM
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**Updated Info**

On Friday, June 2, Detectives from the Oregon State Police, acting as members of the Douglas County Major Crimes Team, added the following charges to Troy Russell PHELPS, 34 years old from Myrtle Creek, who was already in custody at the Douglas County Jail on unrelated probation violations. The additional charges include: Murder, Kidnapping 1st Degree, Menacing, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Coercion and Arson 2nd Degree.

These crimes were allegedly committed on May 30th and 31st in Douglas County at a location along the South Umpqua River resulting in the death of Brandon MICHAEL, 26 years old. Michael was shot several times with a small caliber handgun. The other victims have been identified as 23 year old, Kayla VIOL and her 10 month old baby, MICHAEL was the father. Early investigation revealed that VIOL contacted authorities after she and her baby had been abducted by PHELPS after MICHAEL was killed. PHELPS transported VIOL and her child to a residence in Myrtle Creek. VIOL was able to leave that residence and contacted the authorities from a neighboring residence. VIOL and her child suffered no physical injuries. MICHAEL's body was recovered and an autopsy performed on June 1st, confirms MICHAEL was killed by a small caliber handgun.

VIOL and MICHAEL had recently moved to Douglas County from the LaPine area.

**Previous Release**

On the morning on May 31, 2017 a frantic female reported to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office that her boyfriend had been shot near the Lawson Bar area of southern Douglas County.

Multiple Law Enforcement Agencies responded to the Lawson Bar area and completed an extensive search of the area. During the search an adult male was found deceased from apparent gunshot wounds.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated and a person of interest was identified as, TROY PHELPS, age 34, from Myrtle Creek. Detectives located PHELPS and lodged him at the Douglas County Jail on an unrelated charge of Probation Violation. Law Enforcement believes that there is no further threat to public safety regarding this incident.

The Oregon State Police is the lead agency and is being assisted by the Douglas County Major Crimes Team. Member agencies involved with the Douglas County Major Crimes Team are: Roseburg Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Douglas County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police.

This is still an active investigation and no further information is expected to be released tonight.

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