MEDFORD, Ore. – Police and SWAT teams surrounded a Medford home Thursday afternoon and arrested a suspect in a recent shooting.
Medford Police arrested 22-year-old Antonio Ledesma Miranda after a nearly two-hour standoff at a home in the 3000 block of Shelterwood Circle. Police say Miranda shot 29-year-old Raymond Young in the leg in an incident on Sage Road last Saturday.
SWAT teams reached the house around 2 p.m. Thursday. Police say Miranda tried to run, but was quickly caught and arrested. The SWAT team was used because Miranda was being sought in connection with a violent crime, and police were concerned he could be armed, according to Medford Police Lt. Mike Budreau. Once Miranda was arrested, it was determined he was not armed.
Miranda was lodged in the Jackson County Jail on assault charges, in connection with the shooting. Miranda had also been wanted on an outstanding drug warrant, stemming from a major drug bust in May. Police said Miranda was one of the last remaining suspects in the Operation Clear Green drug bust. He is now being charged with the manufacture, possession and delivery of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Police said another reason for the SWAT presence in Thursday’s operation was because of known gang activity at the house. Budreau said it was the same house where police arrested Gabriel Perez in 2011. Perez was a suspect in a gang-related drive-by shooting from October 2011, although he was never charged.
Howard Elementary School was locked down for about an hour during the SWAT incident.