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Monday, November 14, 2016 11:18
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On October 12, at 8 p.m., a convicted felon ambushed a couple at their campsite near Butte Falls in Oregon.  The attacker, Dick Laurence Zoomer Daniels, had a history with the woman, Mariah Silviera.  There was a dispute about the ownership of a truck that was parked at the camp site.

Daniels had been dropped off at the site by a different female friend. He set up a hide overlooking the site.  When the sheriffs department investigated, they found a scoped .243 bolt action rifle there. Fate intervened. The couple, Mariah Silveria and Shane Young, returned after dark.  Sunset on October 12th was at 6:34 p.m. A nearly full moon was up, so there was some light.

Mariah Silviera exited the truck on the passenger side. Daniels left the rifle and used a pistol and a flashlight.  Daniels pointed the .40 caliber S&W 4006 alternatively at Shane and Mariah.  He fired at Shane. Shane exited the truck and  ran around it, using it as cover and concealment.

As Shane circled the truck, Daniels fired at him several times, searching for him with the flashlight. Daniels mounted the rear bumper to gain a better field of fire. Shane had a rifle in the truck, an AR15 clone made by Good Times Outdoors.  As Shane hid in the darkness near the open passenger door, Mariah managed to reach the .223 rifle and pass it to Shane.  Shane fired at Daniels, hitting him twice and killing him. From

Police said Young and Silveria returned to their campsite in a truck about 8 p.m. Oct. 12, and Daniels stepped out of the woods from his hiding spot with a flashlight. Silveria exited the passenger side of the vehicle and heard Daniels threaten Young. Daniels fired a shot at Young then chased him around the vehicle, squeezing off several shots.

Daniels reportedly stood on the truck’s rear bumper, pointing the flashlight around to try and find Young, who was crouched next to the open passenger door. Police said Silveria reached into the vehicle’s cab, retrieved Young’s .223 rifle and handed it to Young as he hid. Young fired twice, hitting Daniels in the chest and right shoulder.

The District Attorney concluded that the shooting was justified on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016.

In a video interview, Shane said that he had to do what he did in defense of himself and Mariah.  He added the following. From
“My mama didn’t raise no fool, my mama didn’t raise no coward.” 

Shane might have ran off into the dark woods.  But what about Mariah?  Would it have been right for her to have run, leaving him there?  It is not clear if Daniels identified himself.  He was in the dark, behind a flashlight.

Daniels was a prohibited possessor. He had spent time in prison for manslaughter.  He had killed a friend, shooting at people who were fighting with the friend. He was already a prohibited possessor when that happened in 2005.  From,10 years ago:

The man charged with fatally wounding a friend and dumping him in a hospital parking lot Wednesday faces additional allegations that he recklessly endangered two other people with a gun.

Dick Laurence Zoomer Daniels, 21, appeared in Jackson County Circuit Court Thursday in connection with the shooting death of Jeremiah Lee Coughtry, 30, of Butte Falls. In addition to charging Daniels with first-degree manslaughter, prosecutors allege that he recklessly endangered two other men during a Tuesday night fight by firing a gun in their direction.

Here is an account that shows more details, and mentions the dispute over the vehicle. From

The district attorney’s office said Daniels aimed a flashlight at Silveria and Young as he approached the vehicle they were in. Daniels was also carrying a pistol and fired a shot toward Young, who exited the vehicle, only to be chased by Daniels. Another four or five rounds were shot as Daniels chased Young around the vehicle. Silveria then reached into the vehicle’s cab, grabbed a rifle, and handed it to Young–who was hiding behind the passenger side door. Young fired two rounds that struck Daniels in the upper chest and shoulder. Daniels was confirmed deceased when paramedics arrived on scene.

During the investigation, it was revealed that Silveria and Daniels were in a dispute over ownership of a truck that was found at the campsite.

Maybe Shane did not know the history of Mariah’s former boyfriend.  If he had, it would have been wise to have a pistol on his person.

Daniels had a way with women.  A female friend, perhaps the one who dropped him off at the camp site, with the rifle and pistol, said that he was a gentle person who would not hurt anyone.

A source at the Jackson County Sheriffs department believed the .223 would be returned to Shane Young, as he was not a prohibited possessor.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice and link are included.

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    Daniels is a convicted killer and he shot first at this couple. At this point, the couple is in fear for their lives. If you back someone into a corner by shooting at them, you should expect to get shot. This is justified self defence, in my opinion.

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