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Suspect arrested in Medford shooting

A Medford young adult is in the Jackson County Jail on charges he fired a stolen gun from a car in a South Medford neighborhood.

Jaime Arturo Fletes, 18, was arrested on a felony theft and misdemeanor weapons charges stemming from a non-injury drive-by shooting in the 600 block of South Holly Street, according to a release issued by Medford police.

At about 4:58 p.m., a witness reported shots fired in the area and saw a silver Volkwagen Jetta speed away.

Officers flocked to the area, secured a perimeter, and found the sedan parked in the 900 block of Kenyon Street with three occupants in the car. While police were making contact, Fletes allegedly fled from the passenger seat on foot to a residence nearby.

After a standoff lasting about an hour, Fletes left the Kenyon Street home without further incident and was taken into custody.

Police say they recovered a spent casing in an alley near where witnesses reported the shot was fired, but no victim or damage caused by the gunshot.

The firearm belonged to a family member of Fletes, and police believe Fletes used the weapon without the relative’s knowledge or permission.

“At this time there is no indication that anyone or anything was intentionally targeted by Fletes when he fired the gun,” police stated in the release.

As of Saturday evening, charges have not yet been filed by the Jackson County District Attorney’s office in the case. Fletes is being held in jail without bail on Medford police’s felony charge of first-degree theft and misdemeanor counts of menacing, recklessly endangering another person and unlawfully possessing a firearm.

Jaime Arturo Fletes is accused of firing a stolen gun from a car in South Medford. Jackson County Jail booking photo.