Sheriff: Man shot in face during confrontation over 'road rage'

HARRISBURG, Ore. - A man survived a gunshot wound to the face that ended a confrontation over an incident of "road rage," the sheriff's office said.

Deputies said alcohol was a contributing factor.

The Linn County Sheriff's Office responded at 1:28 a.m. Tuesday morning to a home at LaSalle and South 6th Street in Harrisburg. Deputies found Gregory Scott Bachman, 24, of Junction City with a gunshot wound to the face.

The sheriff said Bachman and a group of at least three other people went to the home of Bobby Joe Wagoner, 60, to confront the driver of a vehicle involved in an incident of "road rage" in Junction City.

The sheriff's office does not know whether Wagoner was the motorist in question or not. The alleged incident of road rage took place at 8 p.m., the sheriff's office said.

Investigators said some witnesses reported seeing as many as 7 people in Bachman's group, but others reported seeing only 4 or 5.

During the confrontation outside the home, Wagoner fired a single round from a .44 caliber handgun, striking Bachman in the face, the sheriff's office.

Bachman was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, where he was treated and released.

The investigation is continuing, the sheriff's office said, and no charges have been filed at this time.