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Man Accused of Shooting Rifle in White City on Thanksgiving

A 34-year-old year old Central Point man is in jail on charges related to a report of gunshots in a White City residential area on Thanksgiving night.

Posted: Nov. 24, 2017 2:00 PM

WHITE CITY, Ore. -- A 34-year-old year old Central Point man is in jail, accused of firing a rifle in the White City area on Thanksgiving night.

According to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, Jaime Dilton Dannery Merlos was arrested Friday and charged with the following crimes: unlawful use of a weapon, second degree disorderly conduct, recklessly endangering another person, and driving while suspended.

Around 8:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving, deputies responded to a report of shots fired on Terr-Mont Street near Castle Circle in White City. Witnesses reported seeing a man in a dark-colored Chevrolet Silverado pickup leaving the area after shooting a rifle into the air.

According to the Sheriff's Office, it does not appear that anyone was hurt and no homes were hit by bullets. Some witnesses reported seeing and hearing fireworks in the area, leading to some confusion about shots fired.  Deputies would like to hear from residents who may find damage from bullets.

On Friday morning, a deputy stopped a blue 2003 Chevrolet Silverado pickup. The driver, Merlos, was arrested for criminal driving while suspended. The Sheriff's Office says an investigation led deputies to identify Merlos as the suspect in the previous night's shooting. Deputies say they found a rifle in his truck. 

The Sheriff's Office says incident does not appear to be gang-related or retaliatory following recent shootings in Medford and Central Point. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident can call the JCSO tip line at (541) 774-8333.

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