GOLD HILL, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are investigating a homicide that occurred early this morning in Gold Hill, Ore. The 18-year-old male suspect is in custody.
At around 3:54 a.m. Thursday, Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon (ECSO) dispatch received a report of gunshots, screaming, and subjects fleeing the scene on the 500 block of Gustaf St. in Gold Hill. JCSO deputies arrived to find the victim not conscious or breathing and Jackson County Fire District Three (JCFD3) rendered aid until Mercy Flights medical personnel arrived. Medford Police Department (MPD) assisted at the scene.
At around 4:17 a.m. ECSO dispatch received a report of the suspect’s location and he was quickly detained without incident. The shooting suspect, Wiley River Foxx, 18, of Gold Hill has been lodged at the Jackson County jail on a charge of second-degree Murder. At 4:20 a.m. the victim, Thomas James Watters, 24, of Gold Hill, was pronounced dead at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds.
Jackson County Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) is assisting with the case. MADIU consists of detectives from Oregon State Police (OSP), JCSO, MPD, Jackson County District Attorney’s office, and other local agencies.
Further information will be released from the JC DA’s office.