Shooting in Central Point leads to murder charges

CENTRAL POINT, Ore.– A suspect is in jail on murder charges after a shooting in Central Point last night.

The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

Police said the suspect, Thomas Anthony Murphy II, attempted to elude police after a traffic stop.

He was taken into custody after Ashland Police deployed a spike strip on I-5.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Murphy shot the victim multiple times near the Denman Wildlife Area in Central Point.

He’s now charged with second-degree murder and two counts of second degree attempted murder, among others.

JCSO’s Aaron Lewis said, “An Ashland Police officer was able to lay a spike strip down and disable the vehicle at around mile marker 13.5 on I-5 and the suspect was taken into custody.”

Multiple shell casings were found at the scene by the Sheriff’s Office.

A firearm was also found in the suspects vehicle according to JCSO.

The Sheriff’s Office is waiting on the results of an autopsy that was performed on the victim this afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating the case.

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NBC5 News reporter Derek Strom is from Renton, Washington. He recently graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communications at Washington State University with a degree in Broadcast News and a minor in Sports Management. He played in the drumline with the WSU marching band. These days, he plays the guitar and piano. Derek is a devoted fan of the Mariners, Seahawks, and Kraken.
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