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Medford man arrested after shots fired incident

A man is in the Jackson County Jail after a Saturday night incident where he allegedly fired a gunshot, then reportedly challenged responding officers by grabbing onto a handgun in his waistband.

Kevin Charles Pelletier, Jr., is held in the jail without bail on charges of attempted first-degree assault, menacing, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, and a parole violation, according to jail records.

Police responded to a report of a gunshot heard in the 2700 block of North Pacific Highway just after 7 p.m., according to a news release. When they arrived, they saw Pelletier, who had a handgun. Pelletier fled on foot, but officers gave chase and surrounded him.

"(Pelletier) turned toward officers and grabbed onto a gun in his waistband," the release says.

"(He) initially failed to comply with commands and challenged officers on scene, while his hand was still on the gun."

Eventually, he did comply, and was arrested. An investigation showed a shot had been fired prior to police's arrival, but no one was injured and there was no damage to property. Why Pelletier allegedly fired the gun was not immediately available, but police said he had made recent threats to kill law enforcement prior to the incident.