Fatal shooting in Gold Hill area leads to arrest

GOLD HILL — A man is lodged in the Jackson County Jail without bail after shooting a woman in a Gold Hill-area home, according to information from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Robert Joseph Simonson, 41, is charged with murder, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, interfering with a peace officer and tampering with evidence, according to police.

The resident of an apartment in the 1500 block of Rogue River Highway called 911 to report the shooting on Friday at about 6:30 a.m. Jackson County Sheriff's deputies attempted to assist the victim, Kimberly Ann Staack, 52.

An ambulance transported Staack to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff's office. Simonson was taken into custody at the scene.

Police said Simonson fired the single shot that killed Staack. An autopsy was performed Saturday, police said. Police did not say whether Simonson and Staack knew each other.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department released few details about the case, citing the continuing investigation.

Sheriff's Sgt. Nate Sickler said Simonson and Staack were acquaintances who lived a transient lifestyle.

The pair were heard arguing before the shooting. Investigators believe Simonson had been drinking before allegedly shooting Staack with a handgun. The handgun has been recovered, Sickler said.

"We do not have any other suspects in this case," Sickler said. "Even though the one suspect is in jail, there is still a lot of work for us to do."

Murder is a Measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence.

The case will be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office early next week for prosecution, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

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