Fatal Officer Involved Shooting

An officer involved shooting in West Medford left 18 year old Elias Ruiz dead on Sunday.

Medford Police responded to a disturbance call from a woman and her son at 812 Pennsylvania Avenue. When they arrived on scene the woman and her young son had already left the house.

Elias Ruiz had been voicing suicidal statements over the phone to police. He had locked himself in the household. Police attempted to contact Ruiz by telephone but could not reach him.

Just minutes after arriving Ruiz came out of the house with what police are calling a butcher like knife. He then came after police with the weapon.

One officer’s attempt to tase the man failed. Police then used deadly force shooting and killing Ruiz.

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