Wounded suspect jailed
The man who allegedly fired several shots in and outside a southwest Medford apartment complex before being wounded by police has been lodged in the Jackson County Jail after his release from the hospital.
William Allen Shelton Jr., 41, was arraigned Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court on six counts of attempted first-degree assault and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon, court records show. His bail was set at $82,500, according to jail records.
Shelton is suspected of menacing a man and a woman with a rifle Thursday afternoon at an apartment complex at 1057 Garfield St., according to a probable cause affidavit. Medford police responded to the scene at 1:15 p.m. and tried to contact Shelton, who was “hostile and noncompliant,” according to police.
Still armed with the rifle, he barricaded himself inside his home, where children were present, Medford police Chief Randy Sparacino said during a press conference last week.
Responding officers evacuated several nearby homes. Police attempted to negotiate with Shelton.
“Shelton fired his weapon several times and pointed the weapon at officers,” the affidavit says.
Police have previously said that Shelton fired a shot while inside the residence he had retreated to, then came outside and fired additional shots.
An officer fired a single shot at Shelton, which struck him in the upper chest area. The officer’s name has not yet been released. He and another officer at the scene have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a grand jury’s review of the case, as is protocol in officer-involved shootings.
Shelton then re-entered the home and eventually surrendered. No one else was injured. Shelton was then transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Information on what allegedly prompted the incident was not immediately available. The Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit is continuing the investigation, with Oregon State Police as the lead agency. Calls to OSP and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office were not immediately returned Monday.
Shelton does not have a felony criminal history in Jackson County, court records show. Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact OSP at 541-664-8767.
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