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Man shot by police sent to state hospital

A man will be committed to the state hospital after opening fire in southwest Medford and holding his family hostage during a standoff in which he was wounded by police.

William Allen Shelton Jr., 41, was found guilty except for insanity Tuesday on felony counts of attempted first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon for his role in the March 2018 standoff, during which he suffered a “severe manic episode,” according to a news release issued by Chief Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz.

Mental health evaluations conducted by the DA’s office and Shelton’s defense lawyer Larry Roloff determined that Shelton, who suffered from bipolar disorder, “lacked substantial capacity” to understand that his behavior was against the law when he threatened two people with a gun near his residence at 1039 Garfield St. and fired at least one shot, sparking the police standoff that culminated with a gunshot to Shelton’s chest.

The first 911 call came in at 1:13 p.m., according to prosecutors. While police were en route, a caller told dispatchers that a shot had been fired in a residential area with multiple duplexes nearby.

Within 25 minutes, police had surrounded Shelton’s home, but he refused to leave or allow his wife and children out of the residence. According to the release, Shelton told police and dispatchers at the scene that he intended to protect his wife and children and would complete what Shelton believed was a mission given to him by God.

At 2:09 p.m., Shelton was captured on Medford police bodycam footage stepping out the back door of his duplex, firing a round, and shouting “warning shot, bitches.”

Shelton pointed his gun in the direction of two Medford officers nearby, and one of them, Tim Pickens, shot Shelton in the chest with his duty rifle. A grand jury ruled April 4, 2018,that the shooting was justified.

Shelton spent about three days at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford before his arrest.

Jackson County Circuit Judge Lisa Greif sentenced Shelton to 10 years in the custody of the Psychiatric Security Review Board, and ordered Shelton to be held at the state mental hospital, because he’s a danger to others and isn’t suitable for conditional release.

He remained held Tuesday in the Jackson County Jail, where he’s been held since April 1, 2018.

William Allen Shelton Jr.