Police hunt for suspect in Cave Junction shooting

CAVE JUNCTION — A local resident who was shot in the leg late Friday night near the entrance to Forks Park went home and fell asleep without realizing he was shot, according to a Josephine County Sheriff's Office news release.

Aharon Hook, 41, was driving along Redwood Highway at about 10:30 p.m. Friday when he ran out of gas near the entrance to Forks Park in Cave Junction.

He left his car to go search for gas, and when he returned a short time later, he saw a man standing by his car with the door open.

Hook told police he yelled at the man and chased him away from the scene, but then suddenly the man turned around and shot at him, hitting him in the left leg, the release said.

Not realizing he had been shot, Hook went home and fell asleep, police said. In the morning he realized what happened and had a friend drive him to Three Rivers Community Hospital, where officials notified the Sheriff's Office that they were treating a gunshot wound.

The sheriff's Major Crimes Unit interviewed Hook, who described the suspect as about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 175 pounds, wearing a dark-colored knit watch cap, the release said.

"The suspect description is pretty broad," said Erin Maue, Josephine County Sheriff's Office public information officer. "We're keeping our eyes open ... (but) because the description is so broad, it's going to be difficult putting a name to the face."

Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to call the Josephine County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit at 541-474-5153 or its confidential tip line at 541-474-5160.

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