Hours long standoff between Medford police and armed man ends safely

MEDFORD, Ore. – A burglary suspect was taken to jail tonight after a four hour long standoff today.

The hours-long standoff finally ended in West Medford, shortly after 4 p.m.

Police used gas, rubber bullets and even a police k-9 to take the suspect into custody.

It all happened on the 400 block of King Street.

Neighbors say that the man was quiet and kept to himself.

But then he was involved in a dispute with a neighbor, and police were called.

Neighbors say that he broke into his ex- girlfriend’s house and was yelling at another neighbor.

Police say they were called about a burglary and that 43-year-old Timothy Tracy Russell, was armed with a black, semi-automatic rifle with a drum magazine.

When authorities arrived, neighbors say Russell yelled at police to shoot him.

He fled into his home.

Police then spent hours trying to get him to come out of his home peacefully.

Medford Police Department Lieutenant Geoff Kirkpatrick said, “I know it can get frustrating to the people that live in the neighborhood, people wanting information about it, but we take a lot of time and care and to go in very slowly and making sure that we don’t do things unnecessarily.”

They coerced Russell out by gassing the home.

Police say he was still not complying, so they shot a sponge round at him and then a police k-9 subdued him.

He was then taken to the hospital out of precaution before county jail.

No other information has been released, but multiple charges are expected  as well as a search warrant into the home.


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Maximus Osburn is a reporter for NBC5 News. He studied at California State University-Northridge, graduating with a degree in Broadcasting. Maximus is an avid martial arts enthusiast and combat sports fan. He even traveled to Thailand to train with martial arts experts. Maximus loves movies, nature, and doing things outside his comfort zone, like swimming in sub-freezing lakes in the winter.
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