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Medford police investigating shooting death on Belmont Street

Disturbance leads to exchange of gunfire

A disturbance led to the shooting death of a 31-year-old man early Saturday in the 600 block of Belmont Street, according to the Medford Police Department.

On Saturday at about 6:50 a.m., Medford Police officers and rescue personnel responded to a report of shots fired at that location. Another caller reported that a person was lying on the ground.

Officers arrived to find a man down and suffering from gunshot wounds. Life-0saving efforts were unsuccessful and the person was pronounced dead, police said.

The case was turned over to detectives. The shooter was on scene, cooperated with law enforcement and has not been charged.

The case will be referred to the District Attorney's Office.

Investigators determined that the 31-year-old man who died was outside causing a disturbance after an apparent night of drinking and had been visiting an associate who lives nearby, with whom he was upset.

Another person, visiting a neighbor’s house, heard the commotion and confronted the disorderly man.

“The conversation deteriorated and the disorderly individual produced a handgun and fired at the person, who had a concealed handgun license and was carrying a handgun. This individual returned fire, ultimately killing the decedent. No one else was injured,” police explained in a press release Saturday afternoon.

The identity of the man who died is being withheld until authorities notify his next of kin.

Medford Police Detectives were assisted by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office and the Oregon State Police Crime lab.