Medford Police Dept.
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News Releases
Shooting Investigation - 03/14/19

On March 14th, 2019, at about 6:46 a.m., officers responded to Providence Hospital, after learning a 22 year old male had been dropped off at the emergency room with a single gunshot wound.

Upon arrival, officers learned the individuals who dropped the victim off had left the scene. Detectives are continuing the investigation but information to the public is limited at this time. 

The gunshot wound is not believed to be life threatening. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Medford Police Department, 541-770-4783.

Case 19-4712

Motor Vehicle Crash
Motor Vehicle Crash
DUII Related Crash on Hillcrest Road (Photo) - 02/23/19

On Saturday, February 23rd at about 12:32am, officers from the Medford Police Department along with Medford Fire Department personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle accident on Hillcrest Road near Evenbrook Road. There were five total occupants in the vehicle, two of which had to be extricated by Medford Fire personnel. Both of these passengers were transported to local area hospitals with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The driver and two other passengers suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Members of the Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team (STAR) were called to the scene to conduct the accident investigation. The investigation revealed that 19 year-old Oscar Espinoza Jr was operating a white 1993 Lincoln Mark 8 sedan eastbound on Hillcrest Road at a high rate of speed and lost control, leaving the roadway. The vehicle crashed into a light pole, multiple fences and multiple trees. The driver, Oscar Espinoza, was arrested for DUII along with other crimes and then transported to a local hospital for treatment due to injuries from the crash. He was cited and released at the hospital for medical reasons. A portion of Hillcrest Road was shut down for a brief period but has now been re-opened.


Espinoza, Oscar Jr. (19 years old)

700 block of N Riverside Ave


DUII – Alcohol, Reckless Driving, Recklessly Endangering Another Person (x4), Assault in the 2nd Degree (x2) and Assault in the 3rd Degree (x2)

Medford Police Case #19-3534

Attached Media Files: Motor Vehicle Crash
Damaged Police vehicle
Damaged Police vehicle
Vehicle Pursuit After Suspect Rams Police Car (Photo) - 02/23/19

On Friday February 22nd at about 8:30pm, a Medford Police Officer attempted contact with a male subject in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Northgate Shopping Center near Chipotle. The vehicle, a silver Ford Expedition, was being operated by a subject (Michael Macabe) known to have felony warrants out of the California Department of Corrections. The Medford Police Officer parked his vehicle behind the silver Expedition in order to block it in but as he attempted to contact the driver, the suspect put the car in reverse and slammed into the Medford Police patrol vehicle and nearly struck the officer. The suspect then recklessly fled through the parking lot and through the landscaping out towards the intersection of Hwy 62/Hwy 99. Other Medford Police officers in the area located the suspect vehicle driving recklessly on Hwy 99 and a vehicle pursuit began, northbound on Hwy 99. Officers pursued the vehicle to the intersection of Mace Road/Merriman Road where the suspect exited from his vehicle and fled on foot. A Medford Police officer chased the suspect on foot and was able to get the suspect into custody about 100 yards away after a brief struggle. The Central Point Police Department assisted the Medford Police officer in taking Macabe into custody. The suspect sustained minor injuries and no officers were harmed during the incident. The Medford Police K9 vehicle that was struck by the suspect was heavily damaged but the K9 was not injured.

Michael James Macabe was lodged at the Jackson County Jail of the following charges:

Reckless Endangering, Hit and Run, Reckless Driving, Criminal Mischief 1, Attempt to Elude-Vehicle, Resisting Arrest,  Unlawful Possession/Distribution/Manufacture of Heroin and outstanding felony warrants.


Macabe, Michael James 23 years old

Unknown Address, California

Total Bail $102,500

Medford Police Case number 19-3522

Attached Media Files: Damaged Police vehicle