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UPDATE: Officer-Involved Shooting on Garfield Street in Medford

William Shelton Jr. has been released from the hospital and charged with attempted assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Posted: Mar. 29, 2018 3:09 PM
Updated: Apr. 1, 2018 1:54 PM

UPDATE: According to Meford Police Department, William Shelton Jr. was released from the hospital and interviewed by Oregon State Police Detectives on Sunday, April 1. 

Shelton Jr. was logged at the Jackson County Jail following charges from the officer involved shooting that happened on Thursday, March 29th.

Those charges include four counts of Attempted Assault in the 1st degree and three counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The case has now been turned over to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

(Updated as of 1:52 p.m., Sunday, April 1)

UPDATE: An officer-involved shooting today began when the suspect, 41-year-old William Shelton Jr., "menaced" a random passerby with a gun outside of an apartment building in the 1000 block of Garfield Street in Medford, according to the Medford Police Department (MPD).

The passerby called police to report the incident at 1:13 p.m., and mentioned that there were multiple children at the residence. Officers quickly responded to the area, and report that Shelton Jr. was hostile and uncooperative.

An MPD spokesperson said that Shelton Jr. then "barricaded" himself inside the residence. At this point, multiple MPD officers, detectives, SWAT personnel and hostage negotiators were on scene and tried to negotiate with Shelton Jr.

Residences directly surrounding the suspect's apartment were evacuated as a precaution once Shelton Jr. was barricaded inside, the MPD spokesperson said.

Officers reported that Shelton Jr. began firing shots at 2:09 p.m., after which he was seen to emerge from the residence holding a rifle. The suspect continued to fire, before an MPD officer returned fire, hitting Shelton Jr. in the chest.

After being wounded and retreating back into the apartment, Shelton Jr. surrended to the officers, according to the MPD spokesperson.

Shelton Jr. was taken into custody an transported to the hospital with "non-life threatening" injuries. None of the children at the residence nor any of the officers were injured.

The District Attorney has been notified of the situation, and the case will be investigated by the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit. Oregon State Police will be leading the investigation.

The officer who shot Shelton Jr. will be placed on administrative leave until the DA's office has been able to review the case, followed by an administrative review. An MPD statement reported that this is standard procedure in an officer-involved shooting.

The MPD spokesperson mentioned that a second officer on the scene has also been placed on administrative leave.

(Updated as of 4:50 p.m., Thursday, March 29)



UPDATE: Medford Police have confirmed that this situation was a 'officer-involved shooting.' It happened in the 1000 block of Garfield Street. One suspect has been transported to the hospital with a gunshot wound. The officer is reported to be unharmed.

MPD says that officers arrived at the scene of a subject who had menaced a passerby with a gun, which led to the subject being shot.

(Updated as of 3:28 p.m. on Thursday, March 29)



MEDFORD, Ore. — Police have blocked off Garfield Street in southwest Medford, between S Columbus and either Peach Street or Kings Highway. Police have not yet confirmed the nature of this ongoing situation.

The is a developing story, and police say that the area is currently not safe for foot traffic. The Medford Police Department has been at the scene since 2:00 p.m., according to our reporter at the scene.

We will be updating this story as more details emerge.

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