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Shotgun blast interrupts burglary attempt near Molalla

A year ago, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, a person who lived in a house on Short Fellows Road near Molalla passed away. Since that time, the house has been unoccupied -- and has been broken into and burglarized several times recently.

In an effort to deter further burglaries, members of the deceased's family have from time to time been overnighting in that house, and at least one of them has been armed.

On Saturday morning, September 20th, shortly after midnight, deputies responded to the report of an interrupted burglary and shooting at that address, and arrived to find that the son of the deceased homeowner had been sleeping in the house and heard the sound of somebody trying to force their way in the front door.

He tracked down the sound, clutching a shotgun -- and fired one shot, which caught a suspect in the head and neck.

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Konstantin Kutzev of Beavercreek, and he was rushed to OHSU with a "survivable gunshot wound".

He was not alone at the time; Rebecca Picken of Molalla was identifed as his accomplice in the break-in, and she was additionally charged with drug possession and drug distribution. She was booked into the Clackamas County Jail.

Deputies say the investigation is ongoing, and there may be additional charges in the case.

Apparently the deceased family member's son was able to sleep uninterrupted for the remainder of the night.