Man shot in Eagle Point standoff
EAGLE POINT — An Eagle Point man threatening suicide was shot during an exchange of gunfire with Jackson County sheriff's deputies after a two-hour standoff, officials say.
Dan Edward Waggoner, 45, was transported to Rogue Valley Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday, said Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters.
Hospital officials said Waggoner was out of surgery, but in critical condition as of 10:15 p.m.
Deputies responded to a domestic call at the 1100 block of Dahila Terrace at 3:40 p.m. Upon arrival, the deputies were told by a woman at the residence that the man seemed suicidal and "armed with a shotgun and other weapons," Winters said.
"They were also told he had a hand grenade," he said.
Deputies cordoned off the rain-soaked streets in the rural residential neighborhood just north of Eagle Point, and Jackson County's SWAT team and negotiators were called in, Winters said.
"Upon their arrival, SWAT team members moved closer and the man reportedly fired rounds in the direction of their armored carrier," Winters said.
Waggoner then came out the back of the residence and was "engaged by a deputy," Winters said.
"It is believed at this time he was shot by a deputy. (Waggoner) failed to follow directions and multiple shots were fired. It is unfortunate," he added.
Winters said of the 30 sheriffs' units working Sunday, 28 were assigned to suicide calls throughout Jackson County.
"We had four different suicide calls going on at one time," Winters said. "It was an unusual event. And it is a dangerous situation not only for the deputies, but for the individual as well."
No one else was injured in the Eagle Point shooting besides Waggoner, Winters said.
"Everyone's OK, except for him," he said. "My word of advice for the public is when an officer or a deputy tells you to do something, you should do what you're asked to do."
The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave while a full investigation by the Major Assault Death Investigation Unit ensues. MADU is made up of local law enforcement agencies in Jackson County, Winters said.
"We will work into the night recreating the scene and the shooting," he said.
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