On July 7th, 2021, at about 2:44 a.m., Medford Police officers were dispatched to a business alarm at the Allergy and Asthma Center, 3860 Crater Lake Avenue. Officers arrived on scene at 2:47 a.m., and discovered evidence of forced entry. Additional officers arrived on scene and established a perimeter around the business. 

At 3:05 a.m., officers reported shots fired. The initial investigation indicates the officers confronted a male suspect who was armed with a knife. The suspect was shot and did not survive. The officers were not injured.

Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency, and are assisted by the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU). MADIU is comprised of investigators from Oregon State Police, Medford Police, Jackson County Sheriff, Central Point Police, Ashland Police, and the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.

More information will be released as the investigation unfolds. We appreciate your patience.

Update – July 7th, 2021 at 12:30 p.m.

The deceased has been identified as Jerry Allen Gunter, DOB: 11/08/86. Next of kin have been notified.

The incident was captured on officers’ body worn cameras. The body worn camera footage is part of the thorough investigation which once completed, will be presented to a Grand Jury.

Two officers initially responded to the scene and discovered a window was broken and suspect was heard inside. The suspect relayed to the officers he was armed with a knife. Additional units arrived and established a perimeter. Due to the size of the building, and nature of the call, multiple officers from Medford Police and Jackson County Sheriffs Office arrived on scene.

At about 3:05 a.m., the suspect suddenly exited the building and aggressively approached officers with the knife. The shooting occurred at a close distance.

Two Medford Police Officers fired their weapon. The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, per policy and procedure. Any further details will be released by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office.