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Scappoose man shot after argument

Suspect Christopher Compton, 61, facing assault, menacing charges


Christopher ComptonA Scappoose man is in the Columbia County Jail after law enforcement officials say he used a handgun to shoot his roommate in the stomach after a Friday night argument.

At approximately 11:37 p.m. medical staff at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Northwest Portland alerted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office that Thomas Bengstrom, 46, of Scappoose arrived at the facility with a gunshot wound to his stomach, according to a press release.

Bengstrom told medical staff his roommate, Christopher Compton, 61, had shot him after an argument at their residence located at 50685 Sattler Dr. in Scappoose.

“It was an argument, and alcohol was probably involved,” said Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson.

A Columbia County Sheriff’s Office detective went to the hospital as deputies and officers from the Oregon State Police, Scappoose and St. Helens police departments reported Friday night to the residence, which they discovered was vacant.

Bengstrom was released from the hospital and returned to his residence Saturday morning, according to the release. Compton returned to the residence around 3:30 p.m., Dickerson said, at which time Bengstrom called Columbia 9-1-1 dispatch and the responding police agencies returned and took Compton into custody without further incident.

“The suspect wasn’t expecting us,” Dickerson said.

Compton is facing charges for first-degree assault, menacing and reckless endangering, among others. His bail is set at $12,945.