SWAT Team Resolves Hostage Situation in White City

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) SWAT Team successfully defused a tense hostage situation that unfolded in the early hours of this morning, ending a nearly two-hour standoff. The suspect, identified as Jordan David Johnson, 33, of Medford, surrendered peacefully to JCSO deputies after tactical negotiations.

The incident began at 12:24 a.m. when the ECSO Dispatch received a distress call from a domestic violence victim, leading law enforcement to the residence in the 2400 block of Agate Meadows in White City. The situation escalated when information surfaced that the suspect had placed a firearm against the victim’s head. Swift action by JCSO deputies allowed the victim and a child to escape through a bedroom window at approximately 12:30 a.m.

The JCSO SWAT and Crisis Negotiators Team promptly arrived at the scene, coordinating efforts with Oregon State Police and the Eagle Point Police Department. Despite repeated attempts to establish communication with the suspect, there was no response by 2:05 a.m. At that point, the SWAT team deployed an explosive noise diversionary device, commonly known as a flashbang. Ten minutes later, the suspect surrendered, peacefully ending the standoff.

Johnson was taken into custody and has been booked into the Jackson County Jail, facing multiple charges including domestic abuse menacing, reckless endangering, unlawful use of a weapon, interfering with making a report, and unlawful possession of prohibited firearms. Additional warrants from the Medford Police Department were also served for unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangering.

During the course of their investigation, JCSO detectives obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence, leading to the discovery and seizure of an alarming cache of firearms. A total of 24 firearms, including two illegal short-barreled AR-style rifles, were confiscated, along with over 10,000 rounds of ammunition. As the investigation unfolds, authorities remain committed in pursuing all available leads.

Local law enforcement agencies are urging anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or knows someone in need of assistance to reach out for help. The 24-hour Community Works Help Line can be contacted at 541-779-4357 or 541-779-HELP, and for emergencies, 911 should be dialed. Alternatively, the National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-7233, offering confidential support from trained advocates to those in need. Remember, you are not alone.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law

Source: JCSO

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