Relationship issues behind Talent shooting, police say

TALENT — The three gunshots fired into a Talent home Thanksgiving morning stemmed from what police are calling relationship issues between the parties involved, police said.

Police continue to investigate the specifics on just what those issues are.

“(They're) somewhere at the root of the whole problem,” said Talent police Chief Mike Moran.

Police say Aaron Daniel Adrian Merlina, 28, showed up at the home of Dyana Rodrigues, 31, and Gerald Blake Wooley, 26, on the 100 block of South First Street at 6:45 a.m. An argument started, and Merlina fired three shots into the home with a small-caliber handgun, two through a window and one through the front door, before leaving the scene.

No one was hurt, but Rodrigues' 11-year-old daughter got glass in her hair from one of the shots that came through the window.

Moran said the altercation was a continuation of a fight that occurred Wednesday night at Merlina's home on the 3100 block of South Pacific Highway.

Medford police were given descriptions of Merlina's vehicle once he'd been identified as the suspect. They arrested him at his home at 9:30 a.m. Thursday without incident. He is held in the Jackson County Jail on attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and reckless endangerment charges. He is held in lieu of $1.05 million bail.

Police said the 11-year-old is not part of the dispute between the families and that the investigation is still ongoing.

“Just to make sure we sort out all the details,” Moran said.

The case has been taken to the Jackson County District Attorney's Office for review.

—Ryan Pfeil

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