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Police: Sweet Home man used shovel to repeatedly strike rival

Police: Sweet Home man used shovel to repeatedly strike rival

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Michael Gordon

Michael Gordon

A Sweet Home man reportedly used a shovel to strike a rival repeatedly during an altercation last week.

Michael Paul Gordon, 38, was charged with second-degree and unlawful use of a weapon in Linn County Circuit Court on July 2.

His bail was set at $50,000 by Judge Rachel Kittson-MaQatish.

The assault allegedly occurred at about 9:30 p.m. July 1 in the 38400 block of Glass Street near Sweet Home, and the Linn County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the accuser and his girlfriend believed that Gordon had a romantic interest in the girlfriend.

The accuser said that Gordon was never welcome at their property and had been asked to leave it a few days prior. On July 1, the accuser was cooking in his backyard when Gordon pulled up to the property. The accuser told a deputy that he asked Gordon to leave multiple times and, thinking that Gordon was going to hit him, he punched Gordon in the face.

During the fight, the accuser said he ended up on the ground on his back. He told an investigator that Gordon had a shovel in both hands and hit him multiple times, raising it above his head before each blow, the affidavit states.

The accuser said that he was able to wrestle the shovel away from Gordon and then got up and struck Gordon multiple times. The girlfriend, who witnessed the incident, got in the accuser’s pickup, drove across the street and asked a neighbor to call 911, the accuser said. At this point, Gordon left the property running, according to the accuser.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Gordon said that he was invited to the property on July 1 via text message, but neither of his two phones contained the text message. (The accuser and his girlfriend each denied sending Gordon a text message.) He acknowledged that he was told to leave the property and then became combative. Gordon also told a deputy that the accuser and the accuser’s father initially struck him with the shovel during the altercation, and he was able to get the shovel away from them.

Gordon admitted to being high on methamphetamine and said he believed that he had a flesh-eating disease, the affidavit said. A physician who treated him in the aftermath of the incident found nothing of concern, according to the affidavit.

Kyle Odegard can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or


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