MEDFORD, Ore. — A transient is in the Jackson County Jail after firing a gun along the Bear Creek Greenway on Tuesday morning, nearly injuring three young adults. Two of the teens were hit, however neither was seriously injured by the man who was camping along the Bear Creek Greenway.
The initial call came in around 10 a.m. and a search along the Bear Creek Greenway ended with the suspect in custody just a couple of hours later. Medford Police say three young adults were walking north on the Greenway near U.S. Cellular Park when they heard a noise in the bushes.
After stopping to see what the noise was, a man came out and confronted them and began following them with a gun as they continued walking. Then, near the Interstate overpass at Exit 27, the man fired several shots, striking two of the teens once each.
“The round penetrated several layers of clothing and struck her in the shoulder. It did not penetrate her skin but it did leave a pretty good mark on her that looked like a pretty good contusion,” explained Lt. Mike Budreau.
Police later arrested 53-year-old Joseph Edward Matejko and recovered two .44 caliber black powder revolvers. Matejko faces three charges of attempted murder and two charges of send degree assault. Police say the gun may have been improperly loaded or the powder may have gotten wet causing the shot to seem less severe.