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Medford man shot by OSP trooper arraigned

Suspect faces several counts, including unlawful use of a weapon and eluding law enforcement

A Medford man was arraigned Tuesday on charges stemming from an incident Sunday afternoon on Interstate 5, south of Grants Pass, that included high-speed driving, two vehicle crashes and concluded with him being shot by police.

Cole Reeves, 25, was arraigned in Jackson County Circuit Court on charges of third-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, and fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer, as well as misdemeanor counts of menacing, reckless driving, second-degree criminal mischief and reckless endangerment, according to the Jackson County District Attorney’s office.

Reeves participated in the court proceeding by telephone.

The Medford Police Department reported Monday that an Oregon State Police trooper attempted to stop a reckless driver who tried to elude the trooper and reached speeds that exceeded 120 mph before crashing into another vehicle.

Police said that after he crashed, Reeves got out of the auto carrying knives in both hands and approached the trooper. The officer shot Reeves at a close distance, and the suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment, police stated.

During the aftermath of the ordeal, a tractor-trailer struck a police car parked along the road, but no one was injured.

Medford police and the DA’s office are working together on the investigation.

The officer who shot the suspect won’t be identified until a grand jury investigation into the shooting is completed, police said. The officer is on administrative leave.

The next court proceeding in Reeves’ case, a probable cause hearing, is scheduled for March 15.