Oregon farmer holds would-be burglar at gunpoint

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

ALBANY, Ore. -- Weeks after a burglar made off with hundreds of dollars in tools and equipment, an 82-year-old Albany-area homeowner held another would-be burglar at gunpoint until police arrived.

The suspect, 36-year-old Justin Russell of Albany, was accused of entering and attempting to burglarize Jim Brazel’s shop in Lacomb early Friday morning. Brazel said noises from inside the shop woke him and his wife, so they both grabbed their robes and went to check it out.

Brazel also grabbed his .410 gauge shotgun. He said when he got to the shop he saw a man hiding behind his tractor, so he prepared to shoot.

“I didn’t know if he had a gun or not,” Brazel said. “I took it off of safety and was aiming at him and pulling the trigger.”

He said the trigger was about half-way down when the suspect stood up. Brazel said he decided not to shoot. But he wasn’t about to let the burglar get away either.

“I said, ‘You take one more step and this gun goes off in the middle of your chest. Do what you want,’” Brazel explained.

He kept his gun trained on the suspect, who remained still. The burglar chose well, Brazel said. Shotguns can have different barrel configurations, and his is set up for a tight shot pattern..

His wife grabbed a pick axe and positioned herself near her husband.

Twenty minutes into the standoff, Linn County deputies arrived and arrested Russell.

"He's making a mistake to try the country people," Brazel said. "Because 99 percent of us are all the same. We're not afraid to shoot."

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KGW Reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.

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