July 15, 2022
Elisabeth Shepard, Communications Director
DA Mike Schmidt announces 15-year sentence for Eric A. Coon, 25, for attempted murder
PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Eric A. Coon, 25, was sentenced to 15 years in prison by a Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge for two counts of Attempted Murder in the First Degree with a Firearm.
The charges stem from an incident on January 12, 2021. Coon was sitting in a vehicle with two women, one with whom he was in a relationship. An argument ensued between Coon and the woman he was then in a relationship with. Coon exited the vehicle and continued the argument from outside. Coon then shot her in the head. He then turned to the other woman and shot her in the head. Both victims miraculously survived the shooting. One sustained permanent brain damage and the other required reconstructive surgery on her jaw as a result of their respective gunshot wounds.
“Mr. Coon shot one of the women, then turned and looked at the other and said ‘There will be no witnesses’ before shooting her… when I search this case in my database it’s listed as a death investigation because nobody expected either woman to survive. They did survive. They are doing as well as could be given what’s happened to them,” Senior Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marrero stated. She added that the women were incredible and brave, a sentiment that was echoed by the judge.
“A bullet to the head wouldn’t take me out… he was sadly mistaken in saying ‘There will be no witnesses’ because I am here today,” stated one of the victims in this case.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit is committed to ending family abuse. The unit engages in evidence-based prosecution of domestic violence. It emphasizes the importance of victim advocacy services for all victims and their children.
- Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office: Victim Assistance Program: 503-988-3222
- Call to Safety: 1-888-235-5333
- The Gateway Center for Domestic Violence Services: 503-988-6400
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office thanks Victim Advocate Julie Jacobs, and the Gresham Police Department, specifically Detective Aaron Turnage, Detective Lindsay Friderich, as well as the East County Major Crimes Team for their work on this case.