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Man shot by police gets $1 million bail

The U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested 22-year-old Matthew Palomino in Medford.

A Washington man shot by police Aug. 11 in west Medford following a high-speed chase remains at a local hospital under around-the-clock guard, according to the Medford Police Department.

The hospital where he is recuperating hasn’t been made public because of security concerns.

Aurelio Escobar, 25, of Sunnyside, Washington, was said to have been shooting at law enforcement when he was struck by returned gunfire during the chase, which unfolded after Escobar reportedly carjacked and shot a man in Canyonville.

Court documents state that Escobar is facing three counts of first degree attempted murder in Jackson County — one count for each of the officers Escobar allegedly fire upon during the pursuit.

Other counts include being a felon in possession of a firearm, fleeing or attempting to elude officers, both Class C felonies, and misdemeanor counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and reckless driving, court documents stated.

Some details about Escobar’s case were discussed Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court during the time scheduled for his arraignment before Judge Timothy Barnack.

Escobar’s bail was set at $1 million. Other conditions for release include pre-trial supervision, no alcohol, controlled substances or marijuana use, and polygraph testing to verify compliance with release conditions.

He won’t be allowed to leave the state, either.

His probable cause preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 31.

Escobar is also the suspect in the disappearance of Jennifer Caridad, 23, of Sunnyside, Washington. That investigation remains ongoing.

Authorities in Yakima County say Caridad, who was Escobar’s girlfriend, disappeared soon before he began what they described a crime spree that started in Yakima County and ended when Jackson County-area law enforcement apprehended him.

Other charges in Washington state include carjacking and robbery, according to previous reports.

Reach reporter Terri Harber at tharber@rosebudmedia.com or 541-776-4468.