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One wounded in Medford officer-involved shooting

A 41-year-old man was wounded by a Medford police officer Thursday afternoon in the 1000 block of Garfield Street after the man reportedly fired on police.

The man was identified as William Allen Shelton Jr. Police had responded to the area of Garfield and Peach streets at about 1:15 p.m. after a resident reported being menaced by Shelton with a firearm at the address. Multiple children were inside the residence, the caller said.

When police tried to contact Shelton, he was “hostile and noncompliant,” Medford police said.

Shelton barricaded himself inside a residence off Garfield Street while armed with a rifle, Medford police Chief Randy Sparacino said during a press conference this afternoon.

Medford police, including several officers, detectives and SWAT, attempted to negotiate with Shelton. He allegedly fired a shot from the house at 2:09 p.m., then came outside armed with the rifle and fired additional shots. An officer fired a single shot and hit Shelton in the “upper chest area,” according to a news release.

“(Shelton) re-entered the apartment, and he subsequently surrendered to officers on the scene,” Sparacino said. “All occupants were found to be unharmed, and no officers were injured.”

Police rendered first-aid, and medical personnel transported Shelton to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, Sparacino said. Shelton’s condition is not known, but police consider his injuries “non-life threatening,” a police release said. Once he is cleared medically, he will be lodged in the Jackson County Jail, police said.

The Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit will continue the investigation, with Oregon State Police acting as the lead agency. The officer who fired the shot, and another who was present during the incident, have been placed on administrative leave, which is protocol in officer-involved shootings.

What prompted the incident is still under investigation. The type of gun Shelton used is not known. The relationship of the children to Shelton is not known.

“We really do not know,” Sparacino said.

Shelton does not have a felony criminal history in Jackson County, court records show.

Anyone with additional information on the case should call Oregon State Police at 541-664-8767.

Reach web editor Ryan Pfeil at rpfeil@rosebudmedia.com or at 541-776-4468.

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