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An Oregon man shot and killed a teenager during Thanksgiving week after being upset that the 19-year-old was playing loud music in the parking lot of a shelter where the two were staying, police said.
Robert Paul Keegan, 47, shot Aidan Ellison at Ashland’s Stratford Inn on Monday after the couple had a fierce fight over Ellison, Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said.
At around 4:20 a.m., during their discussion, Keegan pulled a pistol from his coat and fired a single shot that struck Ellison in the chest, police said. He was pronounced dead on the spot.
“The accident is completely up to Robert Keegan, he is 100% responsible,” O’Meara said. “It was he who decided to put a weapon in the situation.”
Keegan was charged on November 24 with second degree murder, first degree manslaughter, wrongful possession of a firearm, and reckless endangerment of another person.
He pleaded not guilty to all four charges on Friday. He is currently incarcerated in the Jackson County Jail without bond and is expected to appear in court on February 21, 2021.
Keegan remained at the shelter because, according to O’Meara, he was one of the Almeda Drive evacuees, which killed two people and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Their 3-year-old son was in his hotel room at the time of the shooting and was handed over to his grandparents when his father was arrested, O’Meara said.
The murder of Ellison, a black man, sparked collective pain in his community and anti-racism calls that O’Meara said were “valid.”
“I understand that there is a legitimate tension in the United States regarding violence against people of color, and this situation speaks directly to it,” O’Meara said.
“I want to do everything possible with the police to verify our relationships with marginalized members of the community and find a way to overcome this problem.”