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Suspect dead in deputy-involved shooting near Rogue River

The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit investigates a shooting involving a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy and a domestic violence suspect Tuesday. JCSO photo.

Investigators are piecing together the circumstances of a Tuesday domestic violence report that culminated with the death of the suspect outside Rogue River city limits.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday, a Jackson County sheriff’s deputy responded to a reported assault in the 1500 block of Queens Branch Road, according to Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Moran.

The suspect — whose name has not yet been released — drove away from the scene just before the deputy arrived at the rural property at 11:02 a.m., according to Moran.

The suspect returned to the property within “several minutes,” and the deputy ultimately fired shots at the suspect.

“Further details that will explain the shots being fired will be released at a later time,” Moran said.

The sheriff’s office activated the Major Assault and Death Investigation unit, and Moran said Medford police will lead the multi-agency shooting investigation that includes resources from Oregon State Police and OSP’s crime lab, Rogue River police and the Jackson County District Attorney’s office.

Moran said he expects to have more details in the coming days.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Moran said investigators were still on scene and roads were still closed near the intersections of West Evans Creek and Queens Branch roads, but he expected the roads to be reopened very soon thereafter.