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Shots fired during domestic disturbance

Two Vernonia men went to the hospital after being shot during a fight March 7.

John Parsons, 20, was attempting to break up a violent argument between his mother and her husband, Bradley Olson, 34, at their home on Nehalem Highway between Vernonia and Mist. Both men were injured when a gun went off during the ensuing scuffle, said police responders, adding that both men were likely intoxicated at the time.

The argument between Olson and his wife had begun in the couple’s bedroom, but the couple moved it to the living room. The dispute escalated and Olson attacked his wife, according to a report from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

In his bedroom, Parsons heard the fighting and grabbed a .22 revolver. He told Olson to stop beating his mother and fired a warning shot. Olson stopped, but then turned on Parsons. The men wrestled in the kitchen and a second round was fired from the gun. The two men stopped fighting. Olson lifted his shirt and saw he was bleeding from a gun shot wound. Parsons also lifted his shirt and found he had been shot as well.

Olson’s wife called 911, secured the gun outside and waited for law enforcement and paramedics to arrive. The two men were transported to different hospitals. Olson could not give a statement at the time because he was in surgery.

“Since they were both in the hospital, we didn’t arrest anybody,” said Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson. The case is still under investigation, he said.

In 2004, Olson faced a charge of fourth-degree domestic assault.

No charges have been filed yet against either of the two men.