MEDFORD, Ore. — An apparent standoff on Crater Lake Avenue in Medford Wednesday morning started after a man reportedly attacked a family member with a knife and hammer, according to Medford Police.
The series of events began before 6 a.m., when police and firefighters responded to reports of a small fire next to a home in the 2200-block of Crater Lake Avenue. Someone passing the house saw the fire and put it out with water, calling 911 in the process.
"Medford Fire Department responded and alerted the occupants of the house who did not know who started the fire, which was highly suspicious for arson," Medford Police said. "Officers and fire eventually cleared the scene."
But officers were sent back to the scene just before 8 a.m. for reports of an assault, finding a 61-year-old woman injured at the home.
According to Medford Police, the woman had confronted her family member, 25-year-old Jeffrey Aaron Moore, about starting the fire earlier that morning — which investigators say he admitted to. But Moore then allegedly armed himself with a knife and a hammer, attacking the woman.
The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later released, MPD said.
Meanwhile, police surrounded the house, believing that Moore was inside his bedroom "still armed and refusing to come out." They later discovered that Moore had left the home before they arrived.
Officers eventually found Moore walking on Cherry Lane, near N Phoenix Road. He was taken into custody and lodged in jail on charges of Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and Attempted Arson in the First Degree. His bail has been set at $210,000.