Police arrest suspect in connection with reported Eagle Point shooting and crash

Monique Mercado is facing charges including attempted murder and attempted assault.

Posted: Jan 26, 2020 12:09 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2020 5:31 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- The Eagle Point Police Department says that it has made an arrest in connection with a shooting and subsequent crash that happened on Stevens Road in Eagle Point over the weekend.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired near the 400-block of Stevens Road just after 11 a.m. on Sunday.

"Initial report was that an older SUV driven by a male was chasing a passenger car with a female driver and shots were fired," Eagle Point Police said in a brief statement on Monday.

NewsWatch 12 was at the scene on Stevens Road shortly after the reported crash and shooting. A deputy from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office confirmed that there had been shooting, but could not clarify where it had happened. 

The deputy said that it appeared a woman had been driving away when she swerved and crashed into the ditch along Stevens Road, near the east side of Eagle Point. 

The woman inside the car told officers that was alright and did not want any help from authorities, the deputy said at the scene.

NewsWatch 12 stayed on scene for an additional thirty minutes waiting to see what happened. The woman never got out of her car. 

In its statement on Monday morning, Eagle Point Police confirmed that no injuries have yet been reported in the incident. Further details were not being released due to the "ongoing active investigation," the agency said.

On Wednesday morning, Eagle Point Police said that 20-year-old Monique Andrea Mercado had been arrested in connection with the shooting. Officers from Medford Police reportedly found Mercado on Riverside Avenue in Medford.

Eagle Point Police officers responded to the area and took Mercado into custody. She was taken to the Jackson County Jail, charged with Attempted Murder, Attempted Assault I, Attempted Assault II, Menacing, and Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

A probable cause statement filed by the arresting officer indicates that the initial report cited by Eagle Point Police may have confused the details of the chase. Further investigation, the statement says, revealed that the incident had started when Mercado pointed a gun at two men — Aaron Regalado and Fabian Hernandez — before pursuing them.

"Mercado also attempted to cause serious bodily injury (or death) by shooting an unknown caliber gun at Regalado and Hernandez striking Regalado’s vehicle . . . in the process," the statement reads.

NewsWatch 12 is working to confirm whether Mercado was the woman seen sitting in her wrecked vehicle when officers responded to the scene. Eagle Point Police said that the investigation remains ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.

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