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Shooting called legally justified.

Byline: Bill Bishop The Register-Guard

No charges will be filed against a Springfield woman who shot her ex-boyfriend in the head last week after he entered a Eugene home without permission and approached her after being warned away.

Kevin Daniel Millican, 47, remains under intensive care in serious condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center, where surgeons removed a .32-caliber bullet that struck above his right eye and lodged in the back of his skull.

"It appears to have been a self-defense situation. We don't expect charges to be filed," Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner said.

Although no one else was in the room when the shooting occurred, witnesses corroborated the account given by the woman, 27-year-old Shannon Luanne Brandt. She was incorrectly identified in a Register-Guard report published Saturday.

Gardner said physical evidence also supported Brandt's account of the shooting.

"She told him not to come any closer. He saw she had a gun, and he approached her," Gardner said. Millican's actions "posed a substantial threat" to Brandt and the shooting was legally justified, he said.

Witnesses told police Brandt arrived at the house on North Danebo Avenue after a dispute with Millican. They said Millican twice went to the house looking for her on Sept. 16.

The first time, residents said Brandt wasn't there. The second time, Millican saw her, became aggressive and walked through an open garage and into the house after the residents told him to leave.

Friends of the couple said their 1 1/2 -year relationship was tumultuous and mutually abusive.
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Title Annotation:Crime; The district attorney will not prosecute a woman who shot her boyfriend last week
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 24, 2004
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