On Saturday, October 28, 2023 at around 10:45 PM, the Lincoln City Police received reports of several shots being fired in the area of Kirtsis Park on NE 22nd St. An Officer responded to the area and upon arrival located a vehicle occupied by 21-year-old Randall Brooks III, of Grand Ronde. Near the vehicle was a freshly deceased buck deer, but the deer’s cause of death was not immediately apparent to the officer. After obtaining a statement from Brooks, who denied any involvement or knowledge of the animal’s death, he was initially released from the scene.
After Brooks departed, a more thorough inspection of the deceased deer was completed and during that inspection, some small caliber bullet wounds were located on the animal. Officers then canvassed the park and located evidence that directly implicated Brooks to the killing of the deer. The vehicle occupied by Brooks was subsequently stopped by Grand Ronde Tribal Police. The Lincoln City Police seized the vehicle and obtained a search warrant for it.
During the search, a 9 mm pistol was located in the vehicle, as well as other evidence connecting Brooks to the crime. Brooks was subsequently arrested on October 31, 2023 and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on charges of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Unlawful Taking of Wildlife. An Oregon State Police Game Trooper was contacted during the incident and the contact information for a person who could come salvage the deceased deer was obtained. The Lincoln City Police would like to thank the Grand Ronde Tribal Police for their assistance with this case.