Rogue River teen jailed after dispute with a gun

An 18-year-old Rogue River man is in jail after he allegedly picked up a gun during an argument and fired several shots.

His father, with whom he was arguing, and a couple and an 11-month-old child all fled a mobile home in the 600 block of West Evans Creek Road where Jacob N. Woodward was reportedly shooting, the Jackson County Sheriff's Department said in a news release today.

Deputies were called to the home at about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday. The other residents had gotten out and said Woodward was firing inside the home. Officials said they don't think Woodward was trying to hit anyone with the shots he fired.

When deputies arrived, Woodward had left. He returned at about 10:20 p.m. and deputies again responded. Again, he fled when they arrived.

He returned and deputies were called again around 2:40 this morning, finally taking him into custody without further incident.

Deputies reported that he was intoxicated when he was arrested. Five firearms were seized from him.

He also had cuts from breaking windows with his hands, so those injuries were treated before he was lodged in the Jackson County Jail.

He remains in jail today on charges of unlawful use of a weapon, menacing, recklessly endangering another, second-degree criminal mischief and first-degree theft. Bail is set at $22,000.

The investigation continues. Rogue River Rural Fire Department and Oregon State Police assisted Tuesday.

— Anita Burke

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