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Medford police shoot and injure armed suspect

Shots exchanged between a man and at least one officer during a domestic violence investigation

At least one Medford police officer shot and injured an armed man who threatened to shoot himself before firing at officers early Saturday, authorities said.

The unidentified man is in stable condition at a local hospital.

Officers were called to a residence at 4:35 a.m. in the 2100 block of Martin Drive about a domestic disturbance. The caller also reported that a man was outside the residence and associated him with a vehicle.

“He was possibly under the influence and threatening to commit suicide by firearm,” according to a press release issued about the incident by the Medford Police Department.

Officers arrived at the location, but the man had driven away. Officers began looking for him in the area. At 4:55 a.m., the man returned in a vehicle and officers stopped him on Archer Drive, near Martin Drive.

“The man got out of vehicle with a gun to his head. Shortly thereafter, the suspect fired the gun, and at least one officer on scene fired in response,” the release stated. “No officers were hit, and the suspect sustained a non life-threatening gunshot wound.”

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will lead the investigation of the incident with assistance by Oregon State Police and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.