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October 28, 2013
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Shooting survivor seeks help finding gunman

The survivor of a shooting in the Winchester area last week says the man who killed his wife and father-in-law was “on a mission.”

Chris Langford, 26, took to Facebook over the weekend to ask for help finding the killer and the person “who hired him.”

“He was on a mission and it was as simple as that,” Chris Langford wrote Friday afternoon.

The post did not discuss a possible motive in the shootings of Brittney Langford and her father, Michael Tellone.

Douglas County sheriff’s spokesman Dwes Hutson said detectives did not have any more information to release this morning about the slayings. The sheriff’s office is not commenting on Langford’s Facebook post, he said.

About 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, deputies discovered the bodies of Tellone and Brittney Langford at the Langfords’ home off Pioneer Way in Winchester. Chris Langford, who had been wounded, was able to provide detectives a description of the assailant.

The sheriff’s office has not released any new information since the names of the victims were given out Thursday.

In his Facebook post, Chris Langford said he fought with the man and may have bitten his finger.

“It was a Mexican man maybe a little under 6 foot tall and about 185-200 lbs,” he wrote. “He looked like he was about 40 and had short buzzed hair and stubble facial hair, he had kind of a round face and possibly a wound on his finger.”

Family and friends of Michael Tellone and Brittney Langford held a memorial service Sunday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Balloons were released and people arrived in custom and classic cars.

Tellone, 47, was a diesel mechanic who during his career worked for Nordic Veneer in Roseburg and Papé Group in Eugene. He had one other child, a son. According to his obituary published Friday in The News-Review, he taught his children to race dirt bikes and enjoyed watching them compete at the Clarks Branch track.

Brittney Langford, 24, was a graduate of Roseburg High School and Roseburg Beauty College. She worked as a hairdresser at Hair Studio 28 in Sutherlin.

She met Chris Langford in 2010. They were married at a campground near the Umpqua River in June 2013.

A Facebook page, “Remembering Michael Tellone and Brittney Langford,” invited mourners to a memorial car cruise tonight in Roseburg.

A fund in the victims’ memory has been established at Umpqua Bank. Among other local efforts, Roseburg tattoo artist Shandra Stigen of Expressions of the Heart tattoo shop will donate one weekend of work this month to the victims’ family.

Stigen graduated from high school with Brittney Langford in 2007, though she said she didn’t know Brittney well.

“It was just something I thought I could do for them,” Stigen said.

Clint Agee, the night manager of Totem Market, near the Langfords’ home, was locking up his store last Tuesday when the manhunt began.

He said Brittney and her father had been regular customers of the market for more than 10 years, and both were upbeat and left a positive impression on him.

“If (the gunman’s) hiding out in the woods, I hope a bear or a cougar finds him before the police do,” he said.

• You can reach reporter Garrett Andrews at 541-957-4218 or by email at gandrews@nrtoday.com. Reporter Betsy Swanback contributed to this report.

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The News-Review Updated Jan 2, 2015 05:11PM Published Oct 28, 2013 06:35PM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.