Sheriff: Suspects beat man with bat, but call cops when he fires gun

Sheriff: Suspects beat man with bat, but call cops when he fires gun
Johnny Moore and Joseph Killingsworth

COOS BAY, Ore. - Two homeless men who attacked a man with a baseball bat called police after the victim fired two rounds from a shotgun into the air, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said.

Law enforcement responded to a Stock Slough Lane home just before 3 a.m. Wednesday to a report of shots fired.

The sheriff said two transients - Joseph E. Killingsworth, 27, and Johnny R. Moore, 25 - reported being shot at with a shotgun.

The men had gone to a home on Stock Sough Lane with several aggressive dogs and a baseball bat and attacked a 23-year-old Coos Bay man, the sheriff said.

The two transients believed the man had reported them to the Bureau of Land Management as trespassers, the sheriff said.

Killingsworth and Moore took turns hitting the victim with the bat, causing extensive head, face and back injuries, the sheriff's office said.

In an attempt to escape after the attack, the victim grabbed a shotgun from his home and fired two rounds into the air, the sheriff said.

The two suspects fled to a nearby residence and called police to report that they had been shot at. 

Law enforcement arrested Killingsworth and Moore and jailed them on charges of Assault II.

The victim was taken to Bay Area Hospital by ambulance for treatment.