Man fires AR-15 at felon hiding from police

Officers following up on a 911 hang-up call triggered a string of events that included a bullet fired from an AR-15, the arrest of a man wanted on various warrants, and the citation of a neighbor who allegedly fired the shot at the fleeing suspect.

At 11:21 p.m. Sunday, May 26, a caller dialed 911 from the Brentwood Village Apartments at 2281 Table Rock Road, Medford, but hung up without speaking to a dispatcher, Medford police said in a news release today. Officers were sent to check the area, but initially found no evidence of a problem at the apartments.

As they were leaving, they heard a gunshot and saw a man running. Police chased the man, who was identified as Jonathan Kinsella, 40, of the 1100 block of Gatepark Drive, Central Point. Kinsella was arrested on warrants charging him with parole violation, failure to appear on charges of fourth-degree assault and harassment, and contempt of court, police said.

Knowing that there were warrants out for his arrest, Kinsella had tried to escape from officers when he saw them arrive at the apartment complex, police said.

He ran into the backyard of Cory Thompson's apartment and tried to climb over a fence, but fell, causing a crashing noise. The 36-year-old Thompson stepped out to investigate, his AR-15 rifle in his hand, police said.

"I don't think we can really fault him for wanting to investigate armed with a gun," Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

Thompson pointed the rifle at Kinsella, and told him he was armed, police said.

Kinsella started to walk away, and Thompson fired a shot. Police do not believe Thompson intended to hit Kinsella. No one else was hit by the bullet.

"It definitely sped him up," Budreau said of the shot that sent Kinsella running.

Police allege Thompson was not justified in the shooting, as Kinsella never presented a direct threat to his life.

"Every situation is different to a point, but there would have to be some type of imminent threat to yourself or someone else," Budreau said.

Thompson was cited and released on charges of reckless endangerment, unlawful use of a weapon and menacing. The rifle was seized as evidence, police said.

Kinsella remains in jail without bail today.

— Ryan Pfeil

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