MEDFORD, Ore. — An investigation is ongoing on Hilton Road after police opened fire on two suspects with warrants out of Idaho. Medford Police said a 1998 Dodge truck carrying two wanted suspects from Idaho was spotted around 3 p.m, Thursday by officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobbacco and Firearms and the Oregon Department of Justice near the Motel 6 on Biddle Road. Police said the suspects were believed to be armed and dangerous. Officers followed the truck as they turned onto Hilton Road and into Northcrest Circle. Witnesses said they saw a pick-up truck crash into a yard, and was soon surrounded by officers with their guns drawn.
The specifics of their warrants aren’t being released, but Medford Police Chief Tim George said, “I can tell you it was stolen vehicle information and also information on another similar type incident, similar to this, in an effort to arrest them in Idaho previously.” Chief George said the suspects began realizing they were being followed and turned into the Northcrest Circle cul-de-sac. Law enforcement didn’t follow and instead attempted to set up spike strips. Before the spike strips could be deployed, police said the suspects intentionally ran into an occupied officer’s vehicle. The suspects then crashed into a nearby yard and were soon surrounded by law enforcement.
The suspects were then taken into custody after multiple shots were fired by law enforcement. Police said they were both transported to the Rogue Regional Medical Center to be treated for gunshots wounds. Police said both suspects have undergone surgery. The conditions of the suspects are not being released. The officer inside the rammed car is now recovering from minor injuries.
The investigation is ongoing and will include a review of officers’ use of deadly force. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.