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Detectives investigating after man shot and killed near Trail

The 'Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit' has been activated after a man died of gunshot wounds on Monday evening.

Posted: Aug 25, 2020 4:40 PM
Updated: Aug 25, 2020 4:43 PM

TRAIL, Ore. — Detectives from multiple local agencies are investigating after a man died from gunshot wounds along Highway 227 north of Trail on Monday evening.

Shortly before 5 p.m. on Monday, dispatch received a 911 call from someone saying that they "could hear yelling and gunshots" just over three miles north of Trail along the highway.

A second call came in minutes later, saying that there had been a shooting and someone was wounded. A dispatcher began giving the caller CPR instructions so that they could start giving first aid to the gunshot victim.

A deputy from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office arrived quickly and began helping with those first aid efforts. Regardless, the victim — a man later identified as 25-year-old Steven G. Sutton — died at the scene.

JCSO called in the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) to begin an investigation into the shooting. JCSO is currently the lead agency, helped by detectives from Ashland Police, Medford Police, Central Point Police, and the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.

"The case is still under investigation and evidence will need to be processed to help determine all of the factors that led to this tragic event," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "We are also interested in knowing if anyone has audio/video cameras from the area where this occurred."

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to please contact JCSO Detective Lewis at 541-774-6812 and reference case # 20-16641.

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