Coos County DA: North Bend man arrested, estranged wife found dead after shooting

A North Bend man shot and killed his estranged wife and seriously injured her daughter before exchanging fire with neighbors Tuesday night, the county's top prosecutor says. (SBG)

NORTH BEND, Ore. – A North Bend man has been arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder after police found his estranged wife dead while investigating reports of shots fired Tuesday night, the Coos County district attorney reports.

Around 10:14 p.m. on Tuesday, November 13, North Bend Police Department received multiple 911 calls reporting “screaming and gunshots being fired in the vicinity of Exchange Street and its intersection with Chester Street,” Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said. “North Bend police immediately responded.”

Arriving units found the scene at 3516 Chester and entered the home, finding 53-year-old North Bend resident Leslie E. Mason deceased “from what appears to be multiple gunshot wounds,” the DA said.

Also found in the residence was Ms. Mason’s daughter, 28-year-old Lindsay Pease, who was “found alive but had multiple gunshot wounds,” Frasier said. She was immediately transferred to Bay Area Hospital. Pease’s three minor children were found inside or near the residence unharmed.

The DA said, as of early Wednesday morning, Pease had been transferred to OHSU in Portland following emergency surgery at Bay Area Hospital and was reported in “fairly stable” condition.

Witnesses say they saw Ms. Mason’s estranged husband, 54-year-old Glen Frank Mason, leaving the area of the residence and, when witnesses attempted to stop him, Mason “allegedly fired a firearm in their direction,” Frasier said. “One neighbor returned fire with a personal handgun.”

"Apparently Mr. Mason opened fire on both neighbors, or fired in their direction. The one neighbor in self-defense fired back," Frasier said Wednesday morning. "What we're finding this morning in daylight is we've got a large outdoor scene. We're finding bullet strikes in buildings and houses, shell cases and spent bullets on the ground."

According to the DA’s news release, police determined Mason was residing at 68093 Ridge Road in North Bend and, while en route to the residence, police spotted his car and could see he was inside the home.

The Coos County Emergency Response Team was called out to assist and police negotiators were able to contact Mason. After about 30 minutes of speaking with him Mason surrendered without incident, the report said.

Mason was lodged at the Coos County Jail on one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder and one count of assault in the first degree, the DA said.

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