Police report that the 18-year-old shot Sunday wore a bulletproof vest

An autopsy performed on Elias Angel Ruiz today confirmed that he was killed by gunshot wounds to the torso, even though he was wearing a bulletproof vest when Medford police shot him in front of his home Sunday afternoon.

Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau declined comment on why Ruiz, 18, was wearing a bulletproof vest prior to the shooting.

Medford police responded to Ruiz's home in the 800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on Sunday to handle a domestic dispute involving Ruiz and his family.

Police said Ruiz was making suicidal threats to police dispatchers. His mother was heard crying in the background.

Officers rushed to the scene after dispatchers said Ruiz had armed himself with a knife and locked himself inside the house and struck himself with an unknown object, officials said.

The mother and her 13-year-old son had left the house before officers arrived. Officers attempted to call Ruiz at the scene. They found the front door locked, Medford Police Chief Tim George said.

When Ruiz appeared on the front porch, he brandished a butcher knife and an officer attempted to use a stun gun, George said. He said he couldn't confirm how far the officer was standing from Ruiz. Stun guns used by police can either be used up close or from a distance of about 15 feet away.

Jackson County Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson determined Ruiz's manner of death was a homicide, but in this context homicide does not mean a criminal killing had occurred, police explained.

The shooting death is being investigated by the Jackson County Major Assault / Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) and will be submitted to a grand jury following the investigation, Budreau said.

— Chris Conrad

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