The Oregon State Police Criminal Investigations Division, with the assistance of the Jackson County Major Crimes Team, is investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred Wednesday morning, Aug. 11, when Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputies shot an armed man while entering an outdoor Mexican cartel marijuana grow site in northern Jackson County.
Preliminary information approved for release indicates on August 11, 2010 at approximately 7:00 a.m. deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Marijuana Eradication teams were searching an outdoor marijuana grow site on BLM property north of Sams Valley. Deputies encountered an unidentified adult Hispanic male armed with a loaded shotgun. Two deputies reportedly shot at the man. A Jackson County SWAT medic rendered emergency medical aid but the man was pronounced deceased at the scene.
After the shooting, deputies saw a second unidentified adult Hispanic male fleeing on foot. He was not located and it is not known if he was armed.
The release of the involved deputies’ names will be coordinated with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The deceased man’s information will be released once he has been positively identified by the medical examiner and attempts to locate next of kin have been done.
The scene was secured as detectives from the OSP Criminal Investigations Division and Jackson County Major Crimes Team were activated to take over the investigation, pursuant to interagency protocols and requirements of Senate Bill 111. The interagency investigation is continuing and upon completion will be forwarded to the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office for review and future consideration.