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Sheriff's deputies shoot 'armed man' in Dairy Queen parking lot

A man described as “armed and wanted” is in the hospital after being shot Tuesday night by police in White City.

At 10:03 p.m. Tuesday, Jackson County sheriff’s deputies were in the process of arresting a man suspected of possessing “a large quantity of narcotics” in a Dairy Queen parking lot when a struggle ensued, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Mike Moran.

During the struggle, a deputy shot the unidentified man, and the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit later recovered a firearm at the scene.

The sheriff’s office was acting on a tip from the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force when they made contact with the man, according to Moran and a press release about the shooting issued Wednesday morning.

The altercation occurred minutes after the restaurant closed for the evening.

Moran said the man shot by police was not an employee of the restaurant.

“It was a contact we made in the parking lot,” Moran said.

Sheriff’s officials said deputies had reason to believe the man was armed at the time they stopped him. According to the sheriff’s office press release, the tip from MADGE described the man they stopped as “an armed and wanted subject possibly in possession of a large quantity of narcotics in the parking lot of Dairy Queen.”

When asked if there were any bystanders nearby, Moran said that information is part of Oregon State Police’s investigation into the shooting.

“We’re still in the midst of investigating,” he said.

Moran said the injured man was still in a Medford hospital Wednesday afternoon, and that more information about the shooting would be released later.

OSP investigators are also still working to confirm the man’s identity, according to Moran. That man’s name among other details are expected to be provided about the shooting tomorrow..

OSP is leading the investigation into the shooting, but other agencies that assisted in the incident and investigation included Jackson County Fire District No. 3, Medford and Ashland police and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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