SH man shot during fight

Linn County deputies are investigating the shooting of a Sweet Home man in Tangent on Sunday.

At 2:45 p.m., the Linn County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from 30-year-old John Allen Curran, who stated he had been assaulted at 33105 Ridge Drive by a man who was later identified as 26-year-old Leland Michael Wright of Sweet Home, said Sheriff Tim Mueller.

According to Curran, who raises and trains Labrador Retrievers, Wright arrived at his residence and asked about purchasing a dog, Mueller said.

After looking at the dogs, Curran walked with Wright on his way off the property and was on the driveway when allegedly Wright suddenly, and without provocation, violently attacked him and knocked him to the ground, Mueller said.

Curran yelled for help and realized no one was in the area to assist him, Mueller said.

Curran, who is a concealed weapons permit holder, was able to draw his 38-caliber revolver during the fight and fired one round, striking Wright in the abdomen, which ended the assault. Wright then allegedly pulled a knife from his pants and threw it away from him.

Wright was transported by a REACH helicopter to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield. He is in stable condition.

Linn County Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Detectives are continuing to investigate the incident, and at this time no statement from Wright has been obtained by detectives.

Curran has told detectives that he does not know Wright or his reason for assaulting him, Mueller said.

No charges have been filed at this time.

Personnel from Tangent Fire Department also responded to the incident.