Victim named in Central Point killing
A Jackson County man has been identified as the victim in a Thursday morning shooting near Central Point.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner determined Robert Leroy Mitchell, Jr., 47, died of a gunshot wound to the chest in the 200 block of Hanley Road, according to a release issued Friday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s deputies found Mitchell’s body at about 5:50 a.m. while responding to a report of an altercation between two people, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Julie Denney. Mitchell had been involved in an altercation with a 33-year-old woman, who has not been named and has not been charged with a crime.
Denney did not release information about what led to the shooting, because Mitchell’s death is still under investigation, but she said the shooting was not a suicide and that the woman was the only person involved in the altercation.
Josephine County Circuit Court records show that Mitchell had served more than 5-1/2 years in prison for assault and was released in 2013.