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Dixon mug shot
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MADGE Drug Bust - 07/15/21

After a five month long investigation into drug sales in the valley, the Medford Area Drug and Gang task force (MADGE) executed a search warrant this morning on a small compound in the 14000 block of Agate Road in Eagle Point. The target of the search warrant was Joel Dixon, 55, who is well known to the task force. Dixon was out on pre-trial release from a 2020 MADGE case involving multiple pounds of drugs.

Investigators found the following:

  • Five pounds of methamphetamine
  • 200 grams of cocaine
  • ¼ pound of heroin
  • Over $7,000 in cash
  • One firearm
  • Stolen motorcycle out of Los Angeles
  • Large scale illegal marijuana grow

Dixon was taken into custody without incident. The marijuana grow was dismantled by the Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team (IMET) and remains under investigation.

Dixon was lodged on Unlawful Possession, Manufacture and Distribution of Methamphetamine, Heroin and Cocaine. His pre-trial release has been revoked as well.

Great job to the MADGE team!

Attached Media Files: Dixon mug shot
Officer Involved Shooting - 07/07/21

On July 7th, 2021, at about 2:44 a.m., Medford Police officers were dispatched to a business alarm at the Allergy and Asthma Center, 3860 Crater Lake Avenue. Officers arrived on scene at 2:47 a.m., and discovered evidence of forced entry. Additional officers arrived on scene and established a perimeter around the business. 

At 3:05 a.m., officers reported shots fired. The initial investigation indicates the officers confronted a male suspect who was armed with a knife. The suspect was shot and did not survive. The officers were not injured.

Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency, and are assisted by the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU). MADIU is comprised of investigators from Oregon State Police, Medford Police, Jackson County Sheriff, Central Point Police, Ashland Police, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

More information will be released as the investigation unfolds. We appreciate your patience. 

Update - July 7th, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

The deceased has been identified as Jerry Allen Gunter, DOB: 11/08/86. Next of kin have been notified.

The incident was captured on officers’ body worn cameras. The body worn camera footage is part of the thorough investigation which once completed, will be presented to a Grand Jury.

Two officers initially responded to the scene and discovered a window was broken and suspect was heard inside. The suspect relayed to the officers he was armed with a knife. Additional units arrived and established a perimeter. Due to the size of the building, and nature of the call, multiple officers from Medford Police and Jackson County Sheriffs Office arrived on scene.

At about 3:05 a.m., the suspect suddenly exited the building and aggressively approached officers with the knife. The shooting occurred at a close distance.

Two Medford Police Officers fired their weapon. The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, per policy and procedure. Any further details will be released by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

Fatal Traffic Accident - 07/06/21

On July 5th, 2021, at approximately 6:08 p.m., police and medical personnel were dispatched to an injury accident on Bullock Road, south of Terminal Spur Road. Witnesses were performing CPR on one of the involved parties. Medical personnel arrived on scene, and took over life saving measures. However, the person could not be revived, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The investigation revealed the decedent was the sole occupant of his 2018 Honda Civic, traveling southbound on Bullock Road. On the right handed curve, south of Terminal Spur Road, the Honda Civic crossed over into oncoming traffic and struck a 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee head on. The Jeep was driven by a 46 year old female out of California, who was the only occupant. She sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the Honda Civic was identified as Wyatt McCree, 31 years old, out of Medford. Next of kin have been notified.

All parties were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol and excessive speed on the part of the deceased, may be contributing factors.

The incident was investigated by Medford Police Detectives, assisted by the Serious Traffic Accident and Reconstruction Team (STAR).

I-5 Motor Vehicle Accident - 07/05/21

On July 4, at approximately 11:00 pm an Oregon State Police Trooper was investigating a single vehicle rollover crash on I-5 in the northbound lanes approximately a half mile south of exit 27. The occupants of that vehicle needed medical attention and Mercy Flights and Fire District 5 were on scene to assist. While on scene there was a secondary accident with two uninvolved vehicles. Both of those vehicles struck the ambulance and causing injuries to two Mercy Flights crew and one of the Fire District 5 firefighters. All three were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The two occupants of the original crash were also transported to a local hospital. The original crash is being investigated by the Oregon State Police. 

 

Due to the nature of the crash and limited resources the Oregon State Police requested assistance from the Jackson County Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction (STAR) team. The STAR team is a joint agency investigative unit consisting of representatives from the Medford Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, the Ashland Police Department and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office. The initial investigation into the cause of the second crash determined that neither driver was impaired, while speed is believed to be a contributing factor the case is still under investigation and at this time no criminal charges related to the second crash have been filed.

 

Medford Police Case 21-10505

 

Malfabon mugshot
Malfabon mugshot
Arrest Made in Shooting - 07/01/21

On June 30th, 2021, at about 2:15 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Bens Lane, after witnesses reported a person had been shot in the leg. Upon arrival, first responders tended to the 30 year old male victim, who was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. His injuries were not believed to be life threatening, however the injuries were significant.

Detectives assumed the investigation and determined that the shooting occurred in a vehicle, parked in the 1200 block of Bens Lane, which was still on scene. At 4:57 p.m., while canvassing the area, detectives located the suspect hiding under an RV trailer, on a nearby property. He was not cooperative and detectives successfully used a Taser to take him into custody.

Detectives determined the victim and suspect knew each other and were involved in a dispute, inside the victim’s vehicle, when the shooting occurred. Neither party resides in the area, and were visiting someone nearby.

Suspect:

Malfabon-Padilla, Jorge

39 years old

Charges:

  • Assault 2nd Degree
  • Unlawful Use of a Weapon
  • Resisting Arrest

Bail: $112,500

 

Attached Media Files: Malfabon mugshot