Kelly Chauran, 53, was shot and killed by her husband Bradley Chauran, 56, in a murder-suicide
VENETA — A longtime married couple were found shot dead inside the bedroom of their Veneta home on Wednesday morning, and authorities say they’re not yet exactly sure what transpired there.
A suicidal man at the house near the west end of Jake Street called 911 shortly before 6 a.m. — around the same time other residents of the neighborhood east of Territorial Highway reported hearing what they believed to be gunfire in the area, Lane County sheriff’s officials said.
A number of law enforcement officers descended on the neighborhood and attempted to contact the man without success, sheriff’s Sgt. Steve French said.
Deputies eventually went into the house and found 56-year-old Bradley Chauran dead in his bedroom. The body of his wife, Kelly Chauran, 53, was discovered in the same room. Both appeared to have been shot, French said.
Detectives have no evidence that suggests that the shootings involved anyone other than the Chaurans, French said.
But investigators don’t know whether the couple’s deaths came about as a result of suicide, homicide or some sort of accident. A homicide-suicide — a situation in which someone kills himself or herself after killing another person — is just one of several possibilities, French said. He declined to speculate whether a double-suicide was among the possibilities.
“What we know is that there are two deceased (people) who appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds,” French said. “That’s what we have at this point.”
The Chaurans’ bodies were taken to PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, where a medical examiner will work to determine the cause and manner of their deaths. Sheriff’s detectives, meanwhile, will continue their own investigation, French said.
Brad Chauran’s father, Eugene resident Joel Chauran, said Wednesday that family members were having difficulty understanding what might have prompted the shootings.
“Nothing we can think of could have brought on something like this,” Joel Chauran said. “It’s hit us all pretty hard.”
He said the couple had been married more than 30 years, and that his son had grown up in Veneta. Brad Chauran played the drums and worked at Rosen Aviation in Eugene. He and his wife were both active in a local church, his father said. The couple is survived by two adult children, the elder Chauran said.
Kelly Chauran had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis but did not appear to be in poor health, Joel Chauran said.
One of the couple’s neighbors, Jake Street resident Mike Smith, said he knew the Chaurans to be friendly and helpful. The couple would occasionally ride around the Veneta area together on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Smith said.
“They’re just everyday people. That’s what’s so odd about this,” Smith said. “It’s a big shock for our neighborhood.”
The couple appeared to be under some financial stress. County property records show that the Chaurans purchased their home in October 2006 for $250,000 but quickly fell behind on their mortgage payments. The couple still owed more than $203,000 on the property when they transferred ownership of the home last October to a real estate investment company, but they had continued to live there. The couple also owed the Internal Revenue Service nearly $27,000 in taxes, according to property records.
Like the Chaurans’ 1,546-square-foot house, most of the other single-family homes in the Trinity Terrace subdivision were built in the mid-2000s. The normally quiet neighborhood off East Bolton Road sits in an area surrounded by large pine trees.
Smith said Wednesday morning’s peace was interrupted by the arrival of a contingent of law enforcement officers. A number of officers stationed themselves along Jake Street with their guns pointed at the Chaurans’ residence, Smith said.
“People would come out to see what was going on, and every time, (officers) were screaming, ‘Get back inside your house!’ ” Smith said.
State troopers and Florence police officers went to the neighborhood along with sheriff’s deputies.
Smith said he listened as one officer tried to speak with Brad Chauran, and he heard glass breaking at the house before officers approached the residence and lowered their weapons. A front window at the Chaurans’ home appeared to have been broken.
Sheriff’s officials said Veneta Elementary School was temporarily locked down during the initial investigation.
VENETA, Ore. - Facing a personal financial crisis, a Veneta man plotted to kill his wife and take his own life, investigators said.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of shots fired early on Wednesday, June 5. When they entered the home, they found a man and a woman dead from gunshot wounds in the bedroom.
Investigators initially called the shootings of Bradley Chauran, 56, and Kelly Chauran, 53, a death investigation.
On June 11, the sheriff's office said the investigation showed Bradley had concealed family debts from his wife. Other evidence suggested Bradley planned to murder his wife and then himself, and that Kelly was unaware of her husband's plan, the sheriff's office said.
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