Man pleads not guilty of trying to kill deputy

An Eagle Point man critically injured when a sheriff's deputy shot him during a February standoff was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court today on a charge of attempted aggravated murder.

Dan Waggoner, 42, appeared before Judge Patricia Crain in a wheelchair and entered a plea of not guilty. He also pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted first-degree assault, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, pointing a firearm at another person and interfering with a peace officer.

If convicted of attempted aggravated murder, a Measure 11 crime, Waggoner faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison. A pretrial hearing has been set for Oct. 20.

Deputies responded to Waggoner's home in the 1100 block of Dahlia Terrace in Eagle Point Feb. 24 after receiving a 9-1-1 call from Amy Brown, the mother of three of Waggoner's children. Brown told sheriff's deputies who arrived at the scene that Waggoner had loaded firearms in the home, that he had fired a shot and that he was threatening suicide.

After a two-hour standoff, Waggoner was shot five times after he walked outside the home and refused to put down his gun. He was hospitalized for months after the shooting.

A Jackson County grand jury in March deliberated less than 15 minutes before indicting Waggoner. The jury also determined the deputy, Eric Henderson, was "fully justified and in compliance with Oregon law" in the shooting after Waggoner pointed a loaded weapon at the deputy.

Family members have said Waggoner was depressed over the failure of his relationship with Brown and a pending foreclosure on his property. Brown has said she regrets calling 9-1-1 for help during the domestic crisis. She also has said Waggoner still has a bullet lodged near his spine and is paralyzed.

Doctors recently determined that Waggoner can safely be transported and is stable enough to be housed at the Jackson County Jail. Jackson County District Attorney Mark Huddleston said he will be jailed "by Friday."

Reach reporter Sanne Specht at 776-4497 or e-mail

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