Disturbance report leads to shooting of teen by MPD

The Medford Police Department responded to a disturbance call for service in the 800 block Pennsylvania Ave. On Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2:21 p.m. .  The 9-1-1 call and the subsequent 9-1-1 callback indicated that a mother and her 18-year-old son were asking for police assistance.  Both the mother and son conversed with 9-1-1 dispatchers.  The male subject (son) was “screaming for help” and the female subject (mother) was heard “crying.”  Additional information obtained via 9-1-1 dispatchers was that the male (son) had armed himself with a knife, locked himself inside the house, and struck himself with an unknown object.  The female (mother) and her 13-year-old son had left the residence and were standing by outside the residence upon arrival of Medford Police Officers.


Arriving MPD officers attempted phone contact with the male (son) and requested emergency medical responders stage nearby.  The responding officers found the front door of the residence locked when they approached.


According to the report from MPD, the male subject (son) then came out the front door armed with a large “butcher” type knife and advanced on two Medford Police officers.  One officer deployed his “Taser” on the subject, but it was ineffective.  The second officer then used deadly force (firearm) to stop the threat.

Officers, Mercy Flights, and Medford Fire personnel provided emergency medical aid to this subject at the scene.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The deceased was  Elias “Angel” Ruiz, 18, of the Pennsylvania address. has been identified as:

This officer-involved shooting is being investigated by the Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU).  This is the protocol for all officer-involved shootings for Jackson County.  The Oregon State Police is the designated case agent in this investigation.  Deputy District Attorney T. Smith-Norton has been on scene as well.  Investigators will be working late tonight and tomorrow morning at the scene.

The two officers involved are now on paid administrative leave until this investigation has been presented to the Jackson County Grand Jury.  One of the involved officers sustained an injury to his hip after falling to the ground during this incident.  He was treated and released from a local hospital.

For further information, contact Sergeant Mike Budreau, Medford Police Department, on Monday, January 23, 2012, after 8:45 a.m.  Sergeant Mike Budreau can be reached at 541-774-2212.

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