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Police shoot carjacking suspect in west Medford

JCSO photo Police descended on a west Medford neighborhood Wednesday morning when a suspected carjacker reportedly fired at police and was shot following a high-speed chase.

Several local police agencies were involved in a high-speed chase spanning Central Point, Medford, Phoenix and Talent Wednesday that ended with the suspect being shot by police in west Medford.

The suspect, Aurelio Escobar, 25, was transported to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where he was listed Wednesday afternoon as stable. No officers were injured.

According to a press release issued by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Medford police, local police were warned at 6:50 a.m. Wednesday to be on the lookout for a vehicle that was stolen during an armed carjacking in Canyonville. The suspect was reported to be armed with a black revolver.

At 7:07 a.m., officers from Central Point spotted the vehicle traveling southbound on Interstate 5 near mile marker 35. When police tried to stop the vehicle, the suspect tried to elude the officers and a chase began.

The pursuit involved officers from Medford, Central Point, Phoenix, Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Police made multiple attempts to get the suspect to pull over, including using spike strips, the release said.

At 7:38 a.m., a sheriff’s deputy forced the suspect to a stop near the intersection of Dakota Avenue and South Columbus Avenue in Medford.

At 7:39 a.m., officers on the scene reported shots fired. According to the news release, JCSO and MPD believe that Escobar fired a revolver, and officers from JCSO and MPD returned fire, striking Escobar. A gun was recovered at the scene, police said.

According to the news release, Escobar is a suspect in a missing person case and is wanted in conjunction with several other crimes in Yakima, Washington, including a drive-by shooting, robbery, assault and weapon possession. He is also a suspect in several armed carjackings in Oregon and Washington, police said.

The officer and deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol after a police shooting, and the incident is being investigated by the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit.

The names of the officer and deputies involved will not be released until the grand jury has reviewed the matter, the release said.