Soren Stiehl

Woman shoots at transient after confrontation

A transient with a history of violence was arrested for disorderly conduct Wednesday after he allegedly confronted a woman at a south Medford store, prompting her to fire a gun at him.

Soren Ara Stiehl, 50, was arrested on misdemeanor counts of second-degree disorderly conduct and second-degree trespassing Wednesday after shots were reported fired at Real Deals Home Decor, 2917 N. Pacific Highway, according to Medford police.

Stiehl had allegedly was disorderly and made threats to a woman at the store, according to Medford police, who found Stiehl uninjured shortly after. The woman told police she did not know Stiehl and believed her life was in danger when she fired at him.

Under Oregon law, a person is justified in using physical force upon another in cases of self-defense or to defend another if they "reasonably believe" them to be in danger.

In a Facebook post, Medford police said Stiehl has a "long violent history" with police.  A search in Oregon court records yielded more than 80 misdemeanor and felony cases in Jackson and Josephine counties dating back to 1988, with felony convictions including unauthorized use of a vehicle in 1997 and fourth-degree assault in 2004.

Stiehl was booked in the jail at 5:49 p.m. Wednesday on the misdemeanor counts of trespassing and disorderly conduct charges, jail records show, but has since been released. As of Thursday afternoon, charges had not been filed in Jackson County Circuit Court.

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