Standoff closes part of Jackson Creek Estates
Central Point police were negotiating late Monday with a single man suspected of firing a gunshot in his home in the 500 block of Brandon Street that afternoon.
In a department Facebook post shortly before 9 p.m., police described the man as "in crisis."
"We are trying to resolve this without unnecessary measures being taken," the post said. "The resident is believed to be alone in his home and officers have spoken with him."
Much of Jackson Creek Estates was cordoned off in the initial 90 minutes of the standoff, but by evening police had opened many of the streets and were waiting him out.
Only a couple of blocks of Brandon Street continued to be blocked off, and police were allowing many Jackson Creek Estates residents to return home as of 8 p.m. A Mercy Flights ambulance was sent away.
The case began at 4:39 p.m. when fire dispatchers received a report of a house fire and dispatchers put a trace on the call to determine it was from a residence on that block, according to police scanner traffic.
When firefighters approached they reported not seeing any signs of a blaze, firefighters said. When a firefighter heard what he thought was a gunshot, fire crews backed off and police were called in, firefighters said.
Medford police, Jackson County Fire District 3, Oregon State Police and Medford Fire-Rescue responded to the incident.