fb pixel

Log In

Reset Password

UPDATED: Medford police respond to reported shooting on Bear Creek Greenway

4:41 p.m.

Medford police have identified the man who allegedly fired at two people as they walked along the Bear Creek Greenway this morning.

Joseph Edward Matejko, 53, has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail on three counts of attempted murder and two counts of second-degree assault, officials said.

Matejko reportedly fired two black-powder revolvers at the teens, striking and wounding two. The .44-caliber revolvers were replica antique weapons. Police do not know how Matejko, a transient, obtained the guns.

It is not known why Matejko shot at the teens, Budreau said.

2:15 p.m.

Police are interviewing a man they believe fired several gunshots at teens while they walked along the Bear Creek Greenway this morning.

Lt. Mike Budreau said police found the man near the area the shooting occurred, which is off the bike path back in the trees.

We'll post more information about the confrontation as it becomes available.

Noon The search continues for an apparently homeless man who fired a pistol at three teens walking on the Bear Creek Greenway near U.S. Cellular Community Park fields this morning, Medford police said.

A 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old man were struck, but suffered only minor injuries. Another teen girl with them wasn't hit, police said.

The three were walking north on the greenway when they heard noises in the brush and went to investigate. A man they described as homeless popped out and confronted them, trying to pick a fight, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

They left, but the man followed them, they told investigators. He then pulled out a pistol and fired four or five shots.

Police have found a marble-sized round they believe was fired from the gun. Although they don't know what sort of weapon it is, investigators suspect it could have caused serious injury.

They are looking for a thin, white man with a scraggly, greying brown beard. He is thought to be in his late 40s or early 50s. He was wearing glasses, a beanie, a brown flannel jacket and jeans.

Police, SWAT team member and a police dog are searching along the bike path, which is closed between Barnett Road and U.S. Cellular Community Park.

11:08 a.m. Medford police say no one was seriously injured when an apparently homeless man pulled out a pistol and fired several shots at a man and woman walking on the Bear Creek Greenway near U.S. Cellular Community Park fields.

The pair were walking on the bike path near Garfield Street around 10 a.m. when a man who looked homeless approached and followed them, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said. After some sort of conversation or confrontation, the man who was following them pulled out a pistol and fired several shots, Budreau said.

The gun made a loud bang and emitted smoke, the man and woman told police. She was struck in the shoulder and he was struck in the hip, but they were only bruised and their clothing was damaged, police said.

The man and woman didn't have cell phones, so they walked to Black Bear Diner to call 911.

Police are still looking for a man with a gun and have blocked off a stretch of the greenway.

10:35 a.m.Medford police are investigating a shooting on the Bear Creek Greenway on the south edge of Medford.

Lt. Mike Budreau confirmed that a shooting had been reported on the bike path under Interstate 5's exit 27. He didn't release details about injuries or type of weapon, but said police are looking for a suspected shooter in a transient camp.

Police, fire crews and an ambulance are working on the bike path near Garfield Street.