Shooting victim killed foster parents at age 12, long criminal history

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by KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 10 at 8:35 AM

ONTARIO, Ore. -- Police in Ontario say they are investigating a homicide after a 34-year-old man was found shot to death in his home Tuesday afternoon.

Officers with the Ontario Police Department were called around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to an apartment complex in the 100 block of NW 3rd Avenue in Ontario.

Jacob Colman was found dead in his apartment by the complex's manager.

Police say a friend of Jacob's alerted the manager to check on him, and that's when she found him dead.

Neighbors say Colman received two gunshot wounds to the chest, but police would not confirm that information. None of the neighbors we spoke to said they heard anything suspicious.

Investigators aren't saying much at this point other than this is an ongoing investigation.

No arrests have been made and police are still looking for a killer.

Colman has a long criminal history that dates back 22 years to when he was just 12 years old. That's when he shot and killed his foster parents in Culver, Oregon, after they asked him to do homework.

That was the beginning of two decades of trouble with the law.

In 2000, he turned 21 and was released from jail.

Since then he's had more run-ins with the law.

His last conviction was assault in 2009 in Malheur County, Oregon.  That sent him to prison.

Between 1992 and 2009, the Jefferson County, Oregon district attorney says Colman had 17 arrests.

His charges and convictions ranged from burglary, to theft, to assault and meth possession.

Cindy McGuire lives in the same complex as Colman and met him a few days ago.

"He was kind of sketchy," said McGuire. "I don't know how to explain it, but he didn't seem right."

Those who knew him aren't exactly sure how long he lived in this apartment.

Ken Sheldon is the executive director of the Harvest House Mission. He says he's seen Colman quite a bit, showing up for meals. He's only hearing about his past today.

"We don't know anything other than he comes here and eats," said Sheldon.

Ontario Police say they want anyone who may have seen anything between the hours 10 p.m. Monday and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to give them a call at 541-889-7266.

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