Colton Teen Arrested after Lying about Marijuana Deal Gone Bad

A 19-year-old was arrested in Colton early Tuesday morning after he lied about being the victim of a gunshot wound, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said. Instead, he was allegedly on the wrong end of a marijuana deal that went bad.

Gabriel Edward Ferrell.

Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday morning, deputies responded to the report of a shooting in Colton.

According to deputies, an injured young man, Gabriel Edward Ferrell, of Colton, had knocked on his neighbor’s door and was saying he’d been shot.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said deputies talked to the victim, who had only minor injuries — which did not appear consistent with a gunshot wound.

After further investigation, deputies said they realized Ferrell’s story didn’t add up.

Eventually, deputies said Ferrell admitted the truth: He’d been selling marijuana extracts to three people, when they got into a fight and the buyers fled.

Ferrell said he began firing a gun at the three as they left, according to deputies, despite the proximity of neighboring homes.

Deputies found a revolver in some bushes nearby, and Ferrell (after being evaluated and released by paramedics) was arrested on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree disorderly conduct.

Anyone who may have information related to this incident are asked to contact the sheriff’s office tip line by phone at 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form. Please reference case no. 21-005902.

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