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Gunman shot by police was evicted from RV park last week

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SILVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

The man who opened fire inside the Silver Spur RV Park, injuring an assistant manager, was evicted from the park last week after making threats to kill people, according to the park's owner.

Jimmie Hickey, 78, died after being shot by police Monday afternoon.

Assistant manager Nick Fisher, 32, is in good condition at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland. He was shot once and is expected to recover after undergoing surgery Tuesday morning.

Witnesses say Hickey walked through the park, randomly firing at people and RVs, after shooting Fisher.

"[He was] dressed in black and carrying his pistol down by his side. Something you would never think you'd see in your lifetime," said Chuck Jones, a park resident.

"[He] took out his rifle and special and started reloading 'em again," said Rick Norwood, who also lives in the park. "Flipped over a picnic table, barricaded himself behind a picnic table and I yelled at my wife to run."

Police say Hickey was armed with two handguns and a rifle and shot at officers while hiding behind the picnic table. Two Oregon State Police troopers and one Marion County sheriff's deputy returned fire, striking Hickey.

Terry Glenn, the park's owner, said he and staff members have made "clusters of calls" to the Marion County Sheriff's Office in January and February, seeking help with Hickey.

"Mr. Hickey has described delusions of people attempting to cause him harm, including a fictitious conspiracy group pumping gas into his trailer," Glenn wrote in a statement released to media.

The problems began in January, Glenn said. He suspects Hickey suffered from dementia.

On Feb. 19, park staff learned Hickey owned a gun. The next day, he made threats to "kill people," according to Glenn, so they evicted the man.

Glenn said a sheriff's deputy responded in January and again while Hickey was moving out. Concerned for the safety of Hickey and other members of the public, Glenn said he called the sheriff's office the following day.

"Park owners again asked the Sheriff's Office to address the threat of a delusional elderly man with firearms that was threatening to shoot people," Glenn wrote. "Tragically, the response was not effective at protecting the public."

A spokesman for the Marion County Sheriff's Office said he could not verify the reports, but said investigators are looking into any possible prior contact with Hickey.

Fisher, the assistant manager, is well-liked by park residents. He is married and has two young children.

"A nice guy," said Linda Sorensen, "Real mellow, real sweet. A good kid, a good young man."

"His heart is where he works. He cares about everybody here," said Leslie Jones, a park resident. "He's always got a friendly smile for you."

The three officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave.

They are identified at OSP Trooper Nick Rhoades, OSP Trooper James Andrews and Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Ryan Postlewait.

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