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One dead in White City homicide

A person of interest is in custody in the wake of a White City homicide that sparked a brief manhunt and lockdowns at two nearby schools.

At 10:01 a.m. Thursday, 911 dispatchers received a report of a serious assault at 8005 Gladstone Ave., according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Moran. When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found one person dead and learned that a person of interest had fled on foot.

For about 90 minutes, nearby Table Rock Elementary School and White Mountain Middle School — about half a mile away — went into lockdown. Moran said it was unclear whether there were students at either school, but staff were on site. He called the lockdowns “a good cautionary move.”

At 11:41 a.m., sheriff’s deputies tracked down the male of interest in the homicide investigation at a manufactured home park at 2622 Falcon St. in White City.

As of late Thursday afternoon, the man being questioned by detectives had not been charged with a crime, but Moran stated that police believe there is no further threat to the public.

“We believe we’ve made contact with the involved parties,” Moran said shortly after the man’s capture.

How the person died was not immediately available, and names were being withheld until next of kin could be notified.

The multi-agency Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit is investigating the case. Sheriff’s detectives, an Oregon State Police mobile crime lab and investigators from Medford, Central Point and Ashland police, OSP and the Jackson County District Attorney’s office were at the scene of the homicide working on questioning witnesses and obtaining search warrants to determine the circumstances that led to the homicide, according to Moran.

As of Thursday afternoon, the crime scene was still being processed and detectives were still conducting interviews, according to the sheriff’s office. More details about the suspect and the identity of the victim will be released later “pending further investigation.”

Detectives were still waiting on a judge to authorize warrants to search the property, Moran said as of around 4:30 p.m. He said the search warrant protocol was standard procedure in homicide investigations.

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

The multi-agency Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit investigates a homicide Thursday afternoon at 8005 Gladstone Ave. in White City.{ }Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune