Police kill man armed with knife in Medford
Sunday, January 22, 2012
MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Police shot and killed a man who waved a knife at officers on the front porch of a home in Medford.
Medford Police Chief Tim George says officers had responded to a 911 call Sunday afternoon from the man who was threatening suicide. George says officers first tried to use a stun gun, but after that failed, shots were fired.
The dead man is identified as 18-year-old Elias Angel Ruiz. Oregon State Police are leading the investigation of his death.
The Mail Tribune reports (http://is.gd/NDUHqx ) it was the second fatal law enforcement shooting this month. On Jan. 5, U.S. marshals shot 20-year-old fugitive James "Jimmy" Georgeson outside a grocery store. He was a career criminal with drug and mental health problems and had a history of assaulting police officers.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/