Medford police: Suspect arrested in Table Rock Road homicide

Medford police said late Thursday they had arrested a suspect in a homicide that occurred early Wednesday on Table Rock Road.

According to the department's Facebook page, the Medford police SWAT team, Medford detectives and MADGE investigators surrounded a home Thursday in the 6500 block of Kentucky Drive, near Gold Hill, at about 4 p.m.

"We were able to evacuate all the occupants leaving only the suspect inside," the post said.

Frank Joseph Hernandez, 25,  told police he was armed with multiple firearms and threatened to shoot himself or force police to shoot him, the post said,

"After over two hours of negotiations, it was clear the suspect was not going to comply and come out unarmed. Tear gas was deployed into the home, and the suspect came out minutes later. He was taken into custody without further incident. Two firearms were recovered from the scene, a shotgun and a handgun (possibly the weapon used during the murder)," police said.

The investigation revealed that the suspect and the victim, 25-year-old Jordan Scott Andres, were involved in a dispute over drugs and the shooting was witnessed by several subjects who left the scene before police arrival, according to the post. "We ultimately tracked down those witnesses," police said.

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