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Sheriff's Deputies Respond to Rural Shady Cove Homicide, Suspect in Custody (Photo) - 06/05/24

UPDATE 6-5-24:


 

Next of kin has been notified. The victim in the June 1st homicide in rural Shady Cove is Lowell Driver III, 64, of Trail, Ore. Our condolences go out to his friends and family.


 

A Jackson County Grand Jury returned an indictment today on charges of second-degree murder for the suspect, Travis Driver, who is the son of the victim.


 

An Oregon State Police forensic pathologist conducted an autopsy on Tuesday revealing the cause of death as blunt force trauma. There is no further information available for release at this time.
 

Original Release: 

JCSO Case 24-2964

 

SHADY COVE, Ore. - Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies responded to a potential homicide call today, June 1st at 11:03 a.m. in rural Shady Cove. ECSO Dispatch received the 911 call for a possible homicide with an armed suspect on scene at a property in the 23000 block of Highway 62 north of Shady Cove. JCSO Deputies arrived with the SWAT Bearcat to locate the armed suspect.


 

ECSO Dispatch received another 911 call for the potential suspect at the Trail market in Trail, Ore. JCSO deputies responded to the market and took the suspect into custody without incident. The victim’s name will be released pending next-of-kin notification.


 

JCSO Medical Examiners arrived to the scene of the crime to begin the death investigation. Cause of death is pending the autopsy by an Oregon State Police forensic pathologist. Detectives from JCSO and Central Point Police Department responded to the scene to assume the homicide investigation.


 

The suspect, Travis Clayton Driver, 34, of Shady Cove, is in custody charged with second-degree murder. He is lodged in the Jackson County Jail.


 

This case is open and ongoing with detectives continuing their investigation. Jackson County District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case. There is no further information available for release at this time.

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