Oregon man, 82, sued over shooting boat

Elden Nordahl of Florence served 4 days in jail for the incident

A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)
A gavel in a courtroom (MGN Online, file)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Two fishermen confronted last summer by a shotgun-blasting senior citizen have filed a $200,000 civil lawsuit against the man, alleging his aggression has caused them “fear and apprehension.”

Oregon State Police arrested Elden Nordahl, 82, of Florence, after the incident, and he later served time in jail. A woman who answered the phone at his home told The Register-Guard newspaper he was not available to comment on his latest legal problem.

Nordahl, according to the paper, worked for many years as a real estate agent and developer in the Florence area.

The lawsuit filed by boat owner Michael Eastman and his fishing partner, Demian Willett, states they were fishing on the Siuslaw River on Sept. 8 when their boat battery failed, leading them to make an emergency stop at a dock attached to Nordahl’s property.

While they were securing the aluminum boat to its trailer, Nordahl landed his boat at the dock and retrieved a gun from his home, according to the suit.

Nordahl then fired one shot through the boat’s hull, the lawsuit asserts.

Eastman and Willett ran to their vehicle after Nordahl shot the boat, and started driving away from the property. As they left, Nordahl fired a second shot that damaged the boat’s motor.

State police released a similar account after Nordahl’s arrest.

Nordahl was held in the Lane County Jail for 18 days following his arrest and freed after a relative posted bail.

In January, Nordahl was convicted in Lane County Circuit Court of unlawful use of a weapon and criminal mischief.

He spent another four weeks in jail before completing his sentence Feb. 6.

As part of his sentence, Nordahl was ordered to pay nearly $3,000 in restitution to Eastman and Willett.

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