Medford police have arrested the man suspected in a weekend shooting in the parking lot of a local Mexican restaurant that left the victim with a bullet wound to the leg
Officers received word Thursday that Antonio Ledesma Miranda, 29, was hiding out in a home in the 3000 block of Shelterwood Circle, just off Howard Avenue in north Medford.
Miranda was the lead suspect in a shooting Saturday that happened in the parking lot of Los Arcos, a Mexican restaurant on Sage Road. Investigators said the victim was involved in an argument with Miranda before he was shot. Miranda then fled the scene in a vehicle.
The victim in the shooting survived and has been released from the hospital.
A SWAT team was called into the area to serve the warrant for Miranda's arrest. Because he was linked to a crime involving a gun, officers thought it best to approach the house with the armed SWAT team.
Miranda was able to flee the home before the SWAT team entered, but soon was arrested on Howard Street.
During the operation, nearby Howard Elementary School was placed on precautionary lockdown. Parents were able to pick up their kids after the house was cleared, police said.
Miranda was interviewed and later charged with first-degree assault.
He also was wanted on numerous drug charges after he was identified in a May drug sweep, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.
He was not arrested in the sweep, but evidence that he was involved in the sale, manufacture and possession of methamphetamines, cocaine and marijuana was discovered during the sweep.
In addition, Miranda was believed to be in possession of a handgun at the time, Budreau said.
"He is a guy who likes drugs and guns," he said. "We have not recovered the weapon that was used in the recent shooting."
Budreau said Miranda had left the area following the drug sweep and had just returned to town before he was involved in Saturday's shooting.
Miranda also was served with a warrant for a probation violation involving an earlier conviction for possession of meth.
Budreau declined to comment on what sparked the argument between Miranda and the shooting victim.
"We are looking for a second individual who might have been involved in the shooting," Budreau said.
The assault charge lodged against Miranda is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 7 years, 6 months.
Miranda remained in the Jackson County Jail late Thursday without bail.
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