Suicidal subject comes peacefully

Medford police on Wednesday took into custody a man they say called his doctor and claimed to want to kill himself by being shot by police.

Police have not released the man’s name yet. They said the man, who lives in the 400 block of Fairmount Street in Medford, called his doctor just after 1 p.m. saying he wanted to commit “suicide by cop.” Police, including two vans of SWAT officers, swarmed the area, blocking off stretches of Second and Fairmount streets in west Medford, not far from Jackson Elementary School.

The man came without incident at about 1:45 p.m. and was taken to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police said no criminal charges will be filed against him.

It was the second call for a suicidal subject in less than 12 hours in Medford.

“I think this is the new normal,” said Budreau, adding the number of calls for potentially suicidal subjects is adding to police workloads and stretching their resources.

The first subject, 29-year-old Danny Burlington threatened suicide with a gun pointed at this head until 4 a.m. today. Police said the gun turned out to be a fake gun. Burlington was taken to Rogue Regional Medical Center for a mental health hold. He was cited for disorderly conduct.

— Ryan Pfeil

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