Police: Newport man accused of shooting neighbors over 'noise complaints'

Franklin Tomes mug shot courtesy Lincoln County Jail

NEWPORT, Ore. – After more than five hours of negotiations, police took a man into custody who’s accused to shooting two people Tuesday night over noise complaints at a Newport apartment building.

Officers were called out about 9:15 p.m. on reports of "shots fired" near Northeast Echo Court.

According to the Newport Police Department, Jose Gaeta and Tristan Smith, both 20 years old, were shot in a neighborhood dispute.

Both Gaeta and Smith managed to get to a nearby apartment, and they were later taken to Good Samaritan Hospital. They are listed in stable condition.

Initial reports state that the two young men got into a verbal dispute with 59-year-old Franklin L. Tomes and his family over "ongoing noise complaints."

At some point, Tomes got a rifle out of his vehicle and fired several rounds at Smith and Gaeta.

Witnesses said Tomes then retreated to his apartment.

The Newport Police Department established a perimeter around the building before retrieving the shooting victims. Officers also evacuated neighbors from their apartments.

Around 2:20 a.m., Oregon State Police SWAT Negotiators contacted Tomes by phone.

After a brief negotiation, Tomes surrendered. He was taken into custody and booked in the Lincoln County Jail on two counts of attempted murder and unlawful use of a weapon.

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