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Affidavit: Manslaughter suspect claimed lengthy beating led to deadly shooting

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Nicholas Ransom, jail booking photo Nicholas Ransom, jail booking photo
Scene of July 15 deadly shooting in West Salem. (File image) Scene of July 15 deadly shooting in West Salem. (File image)
SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

A man facing charges including manslaughter for a deadly shooting last month at a West Salem home told investigators he was beaten for upward of 20 minutes before shooting his roommate, according to court documents, however investigators said evidence did not support that story.  

Nicholas Ransom, 34, was formally charged by the Polk County District Attorney's Office and arraigned in court Tuesday.

Police responded to the 2600 block of Islander Avenue Northwest at 11 p.m. July 15 on the report of a disturbance, possibly with a gun involved.

Officers arrived and located the body of Matthew Pearce, 30. Several people were detained for questioning at the scene, police said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Ransom said he told Pearce there was going to be new sleeping arrangements in the home, which led to a fight in the bathroom.

Ransom told detectives Pearce was twice his size, dragged him out of the bathroom and into the master bedroom, "where Matthew was pummeling him and trying to choke him on the bed," according to court documents.

He said the beating went on for 10-20 minutes.

Court documents state Ransom claimed he got free long enough to grab a handgun on the dresser and shot Pearce four times as Pearce came at him again with a "crazy look in his eyes."

Ransom said Pearce didn't go down, so he shot him in the head, according to a probable cause affidavit.  

"Nicholas stated he was in fear for his life and was left no choice but to shoot Matthew," the affidavit states.

According to that affidavit, Ransom had an abrasion and bump on his forehead, along with a few small scratches, but his injuries "were not consistent with being involved in the prolonged physical beating (he) described."

Detectives reviewed a 911 call made from another person in the home at the time of the altercation and heard a series of gunshots lasting four to five seconds in rapid succession, which was not consistent with Ransom's description of the shooting, the affidavit states.

A witness to the fight said he saw Ransom get punched in the face and head butted in the bathroom, but said Ransom ran out, grabbed a gun from an unknown location and then fired multiple shots, according to court documents.

A probable cause affidavit states the witness told police he never saw the fight move to the bedroom and never saw Ransom being choked on the bed by Pearce, which refuted Ransom's statement that he "had no choice but to use deadly force."

Ransom's bail was set at $115,000 at the Polk County Jail and he is scheduled to make his next court appearance Thursday.  

Along with manslaughter, Ransom faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Court records show he has an extensive criminal history. 

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