Suspect identified in fatal West Medford shooting


Medford, Ore. — Medford Police have identified the man that allgedly shot and killed 34-year-old Luke Adrian-Heiner Barmes just before 5:00 in the evening on April 30th in West Medford.

Officers say 23-year-old Vincent DiCostanzo drove with another suspect to a home on Iowa Street. DiCostanzo went to the backyard with Barmes. That’s when he was fatally shot.

Police say the shooting was “not” intentional, but that DiCostanzo acted recklessly.

Around 10:00 that night Oregon State Police spotted the suspect vehicle on Interstate 5, and pulled it over near milepost 24. A male and female were detained, but officers determined neither of them were the shooter.

Shortly after, detectives found the gun involved in the shooting on Clark Street. Police said it was tossed aside as the suspects left Barmes’ home.

Police said just before 7:00 the following morning, DiCostanzo was tracked to the Ashland Hill’s Inn. When officers arrived DiCostanzo ran, but gave up when he encountered a police canine. DiCostanzo is now in jail on an unrelated outstanding warrant as detectives continue to investigate what exactly happened Saturday evening when gunfire erupted.

Police said the shooting was not gang related. They believe Barmes and the suspect knew each other.

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