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Violence escalated in days before shooting.

Byline: Rebecca Nolan The Register-Guard

A man whose on-again, off-again girlfriend allegedly shot him in the face with a .32-caliber handgun remained in critical condition Friday following surgery to remove a bullet from his skull.

Kevin Daniel Millican, 47, of Eugene was shot Thursday. He was being treated at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene.

Police did not identify the girlfriend, but friends of the couple said it was Shannon Elizabeth Bryant, 32, of Springfield, a stripper and bartender at the Great Alaska Bush Company on Highway 99.

She has not been charged with a crime and the case remains under investigation.

Police said the events leading up to the shooting unfolded over two days, starting Wednesday morning, when Millican allegedly assaulted Bryant at a house in Springfield.

Bryant refused to cooperate when Springfield police arrived at the scene, and officers saw no signs of physical injury.

Witnesses later told Eugene police investigators that Millican choked and punched Bryant. A man broke up the assault by threatening Millican with a gun, police said. Millican ran away when officers arrived.

The next morning, the woman went to a house on North Danebo Avenue in Eugene. Millican twice went to the house looking for her, police said.

The first time he came by the residents said the woman wasn't there. Millican returned about an hour later and saw the woman inside the house. He got aggressive and made some demands, police said. People at the house told him to leave, but instead he walked into the open garage and entered the house through an open door.

Bryant had the handgun and shot Millican as he approached her in the living room, police said. The bullet entered above his right eye and lodged in the back of his skull. People who heard the gunshots called police.

The woman has cooperated with investigators, police said.

Detectives will send the case to the Lane County district attorney's office for review for possible charges.

Friends of the couple said the 1 1/2 -year relationship was tumultuous and any abuse was mutual. They disputed earlier news reports that cast Millican as a violent stalker.

Stephanie Brunig, who once rented a room to Bryant, said Bryant and Millican had "obsessive issues" with each other.

"It was a tug of war between them," she said. "I never saw him violent toward her."

"Kevin Millican is not a stalker; he's not a freak," said another friend, Chris Boots. "He might have a temper."

Earlier this year, Millican was sentenced to two days in jail for menacing a woman, Lane County court records show. A fourth-degree assault charge was dropped as part of a plea deal. He has also been the subject of a domestic abuse prevention order filed by another woman.

Bryant has no criminal history in Oregon.
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Title Annotation:Crime; Police discuss incidents leading to a shooting in the Bethel area that left a man in critical condition
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 18, 2004
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