Additional Details Released

Suspect: Smith, Brian Matthew. 28 years old

Deceased: Sahu, Bansi. 60 years old.

The first call involving Smith came in December 31st, 2021 at 12:15 p.m., when he was disorderly at the Chevron gas Station, 2232 Biddle Road. A male, later identified as Smith, was attempting to steal cigarettes and physically harassed the employee before leaving in a black Mazda 4 door. He was with a female, whom we have identified.

The same vehicle was involved in two reckless driving calls around 12:24 p.m. One caller reported the vehicle had driven into some bushes in the alley near Lincoln Street and 10th Street. The vehicle drove away in a reckless manner and struck a curb near 10th Street and Hamilton Street. The crash caused a wheel to fold underneath the vehicle. At this point, the vehicle was occupied by only one person, believed to be Smith.

Additional callers reported the vehicle being driven into downtown Medford with a heavily damaged wheel. The vehicle finally became disabled at Earhart Street, near Riverside Avenue.

An additional caller reported the suspect went to a room at the Sis-Q motel. One officer arrived on scene, and as she made her way to the front desk to speak with the manager, the suspect emerged from the office area covered in blood, and fled on foot. The officer caught the suspect after a foot chase, and utilized a taser to take him into custody.

When officers went back to the manager’s office, they found the manager deceased. His wife was also injured from being assaulted. The investigation revealed just minutes prior to the officer arriving, the suspect forced his way into the manager’s office, crawled under the plexi-glass partition and stole money from the register. During the robbery, the suspect assaulted the manager and forced his way into the manager’s living quarters, where he continued to assault the manager and his wife. The manager, Bansi Sahu, died from his injuries. His wife was treated on scene with non life threatening injuries.

The suspect was later lodged in jail for:

– Murder

– Robbery 1st Degree

– Burglary 1st Degree

– Burglary 2nd Degree

Bail: None

On December 31st, 2021 at about 12:24 p.m., officers responded to the area of 10th Street and Hamilton Street for a hit and run accident. Several witnesses called in various locations of the involved vehicle as it made its way downtown. Several minutes later, officers found the damaged vehicle on Earhart Street, near Riverside Avenue, disabled and unoccupied.

Officers were checking the area and were made aware of a disturbance at Sis-Q motel, 722 S. Riverside Avenue, which was nearby. The involved male fled as officers approached and officers caught him after a foot chase on Riverside Avenue. The suspect was taken into custody at 1:14 p.m. Officers then discovered the other person involved in the disturbance at the motel was deceased. The victim is believed to be an employee of the motel.

The involved suspect is believed to have been involved in other crimes earlier in the day, which are still under investigation. As a result there are multiple crime scenes. Detectives have taken over the case.

We ask for patience as detectives work through the difference crime scenes. More information will be released as the case unfolds.