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Milton-Freewater man arrested after reports of shooting near school

Zachary Ray Lincoln
Zachary Ray Lincoln / Umatilla County Jail

A Milton-Freewater man has been arrested after law enforcement officials say he discharged a firearm near a Milton-Freewater school and assaulted an officer.  The incident began when staff from Milton-Stateline Adventist School reported hearing what they believed was a gunshot coming from across the street from the school. Officials say as a precautionary measure, the school was placed on lockdown status.

A deputy with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office and two troopers with Oregon State Police responded and contacted school officials.  While investigating at the school, a man who lives across the street, now identified as 27-year-old Zachary Ray Lincoln, came outside and started yelling at the officers to leave.  Lincoln admitted to officers that he discharged a round from a handgun while trying to fix it.

He voluntarily surrendered the handgun and told officers that he was upset because of the police presence and the fact that they were on his property. During the conversation, Lincoln pushed the deputy in the chest. An OSP trooper deployed a taser on Lincoln and he was taken into custody.

Officials said they determined that neither the school, nor anyone else was threatened.  Lincoln was charged with disorderly conduct and lodged in the Umatilla County Jail.

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Brandon has worked in journalism and media for over a decade in various capacities. The highlights of his career include documenting the evolution of queer culture in the American south, and covering politics and government on the Texas border.
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