The man accused of ending an argument over college football with a shotgun was acting as a caretaker at a Bend horse rescue ranch when the shooting occurred.
Christopher Ashley Honey, 51, a transplanted Southern chef who ran a food truck in Bend, was arraigned on attempted murder charges Tuesday in Deschutes County Circuit Court.
The judge assigned Honey a public defender and set bail at $260,000.
If he posts bail, he’ll be required to wear an alcohol-detecting monitor on his ankle.
At about 2:46 p.m. Saturday, police were called to a shooting at the 3 Sisters Equine Rescue on Bear Creek Road. Maine resident Ben Goodwin had been hit in the back and head with birdshot and was taken to St. Charles Bend with injuries that were not life-threatening.
Honey was interviewed at the scene by Bend Police officers. He said he and Goodwin, his lifelong friend, were watching that afternoon’s LSU-Alabama college football game when an argument erupted, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in court.
The verbal dispute turned physical, and Goodwin held Honey to the floor by his neck.
“Mr. Honey said he was able to throw Mr. Goodwin off of him,” Detective Doug Jackson wrote in the affidavit.
Goodwin told police Honey repeatedly threatened to kill him before Honey left the room to retrieve a shotgun, the affidavit states.
Goodwin attempted to flee but was shot as he ran, according to the affidavit.
Honey was taken to the Deschutes County jail and booked on suspicion of attempted homicide, second-degree aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing.
That evening, police released details about the shooting, and media outlets in Oregon and beyond ran the story.
Cyndi Davis and her husband, Keith Aller, who have operated the nonprofit 3 Sisters Equine Rescue out of their home for seven years, were on the East Coast for a friend’s birthday when they heard the news.
“At first we worried that our animals were involved,” Davis said Tuesday from an airport in New Orleans.
“This has profoundly affected my husband and I, because that’s our home. In all honesty, it makes me want to just shut it down because our trust has been broken.”
Honey’s girlfriend is a longtime and trusted 3 Rivers volunteer, Davis said. At the time of the incident, Honey was staying with his girlfriend as she house-sat and tended to the property’s many animals. Honey entered the horse rescue’s orbit about a year ago, when he started accompanying his girlfriend to volunteer, Davis said.
He’d recently quit drinking and was open with the horse rescue about his problem, Davis said.
“As I understand it, he isn’t a happy drunk,” Davis said. “He’s said to us before that alcohol isn’t a good thing for him, and we celebrated and supported his sobriety. Had I thought he was going to drink all day and do something as stupid as he did, he would not have been welcome on our property or in our house.”
A Memphis, Tennessee, native, Honey operated a popular food truck in Bend specializing in Southern comfort food — Tennessee’s Grill Cheese, next to the now-closed Aspect Boards & Brews, according to a January 2018 profile of Honey in The Bulletin.
The article lays out Honey’s culinary credentials, which include 20 years as a member of a competitive cooking team in Tennessee and an affection for TV chef and greasy-spoon guide Guy Fieri.
Honey also has eight prior criminal convictions in Oregon, Florida and Tennessee, including a felony assault from 1987, domestic violence from 2010 and four DUIIs, court records show.
The most recent case stems from a 2018 Deschutes County arrest for drunken driving and driving without a license.
Saturday’s arrest on attempted murder represents a violation of his probation from the 2018 case.
Davis spoke as she prepared to return to Bend.
She said she hadn’t heard what exactly set off Honey but she did hear Goodwin returned to Maine and is recovering from his injuries.
“(Honey) obviously needs help, and it looks like he’s about to get it,” she said.
Though Honey and Goodwin were watching the LSU-Alabama game when the shooting occurred, Honey is an avid University of Florida football fan and active in UF alumni activities, according to his Facebook page.
LSU and Alabama compete in a different division than Florida.
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