Man charged with throwing knife at police

A Medford man was arrested Saturday after allegedly throwing a knife at police officers who had entered his house following a two-hour standoff.

Medford officers were called to a home in the 300 block of West Second Street to deal with man who was breaking out his apartment windows and throwing items out of his home.

Neighbors said 46-year-old Michael Thomas Barton smashed out the widows of the apartment from the inside.

A neighbor near the apartment was standing near a window when Barton reportedly broke it, sending glass in the person's direction.

When officers arrived, Barton refused to meet them outside the apartment.

What fallowed was a two-hour standoff, during which time police tried to talk Barton out of the home.

To keep Barton from hurting himself, police decided to enter the home. Barton allegedly threatened to harm himself with a knife.

When police entered, he reportedly threw the knife at them.

The officers then used a Taser to subdue Barton. They took him to Rogue Valley Medical Center for treatment from a minor injury.

Barton was then taken to the Jackson County Jail, where he was lodged on charges of disorderly conduct, four counts of attempted assault of a police officer, four counts of menacing and five counts of reckless endangering.

He remained lodged late Saturday on $55,000 bail.

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