MEDFORD, Ore. — Medford Police say that one unlucky gunshot victim's hospital stay led to his own arrest. Investigation of the incident also led police to another suspect, the wounded man's accomplice.
On the morning of February 22, Medford Police were called out to Providence Medical Center to attend a man with a single gunshot wound in his arm. Police say that this was 33 year-old transient, Justin Weathers.
Investigators were able to piece together a story that took place over several days, and included a 32 year-old transient named Cody Hanson.
On February 19, police say that Weathers and Hanson met with another individual for a drug transaction. This took place at a motel room on Alba Drive in Medford. Armed with a handgun, Weathers tried to rob the unnamed individual for both drugs and money, but he was overpowered and disarmed.
Three days later, Weathers and Hanson again set up a drug deal with another individual, this time in Ashland. Weathers attempted to use a stun gun on the individual, but that person escaped. Weathers and Hanson pursued the individual, who fled in a vehicle through ice and snow.
In Medford, Weathers and Hanson caught up with their quarry, according to police. After an armed Weathers threatened the unnamed driver and a passenger, the driver pulled out a firearm—shooting four or five rounds into Hanson's vehicle. This is when Weathers was wounded in the arm.
Through the course of the investigation, Medford Police were able to recover one half-ounce of heroin and three firearms, one of which proved to be the source of Weathers' wound. The contraband was found at a motel on Clover Lane in Ashland.
Weathers was arrested on February 23 after being released from the hospital. Hanson was arrested on February 28 during a traffic stop in Eagle Point. Both are being held in Jackson County Jail.
Hanson has been charged with First Degree Robbery, three counts of Second Degree Robbery, and three warrants for Failure to Appear. Weathers has been charged with First Degree Robbery and Second Degree Robbery.
The statement from Medford Police did not mention whether they identified or intend to pursue the other parties in these haywire drug deals.
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