JCSO Update Ashland Homicide Investigation

ASHLAND, Ore. – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) is investigating a homicide that occurred early Wednesday morning on the 300 block of Eagle Mill Rd. outside of Ashland.

The suspect, Auriel Zipher Scattergood, 30, of Ashland, is in the Jackson County jail charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, and aggravated animal abuse.

Scattergood Mugshot

ECSO dispatch received a call at 2:14 a.m. of a reported stabbing. JCSO responded with officers from Ashland, Phoenix and Talent Police Departments and quickly apprehended the suspect. JCSO was also assisted on scene by detectives from Oregon State Police. Major Assault and Death Investigative Unit (MADIU) has been called out to investigate.

The victim’s name will be released pending notification of next of kin. The victim’s dog was injured in the altercation and received emergency care at the Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center.

Further information will come from the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.