Intruder shot dead in Sutherlin

Intruder shot dead in Sutherlin

SUTHERLIN, Ore. - A man who entered an unlocked home and passed out on the couch had been shot dead by the homeowner by the time police arrived 7 minutes later.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said a female called 911 around 3 a.m. Thursday to report that an unknown male subject had entered her unlocked home and passed out on the couch.

As Sutherlin police officers arrived at the home 7 minutes after the call, they were advised by dispatch that the male homeowner, Keith Cramer, had just called stating he had shot the male and believed he was deceased.

Officers found Michael Smith, 35, of Sutherlin, Ore., dead on the couch in the living room. He was shot once with a high-powered hunting rifle.

The investigation is ongoing.