Police seize car in drive-by shooting case

Police have seized a vehicle they believe was used in a west Medford drive-by shooting last week, but have made no arrests.

Medford police received an anonymous tip after the Feb. 20 shooting pointing them to a home in the 100 block of Elm Street in Medford, where they found a maroon Jeep Cherokee similar to the description of a vehicle seen driving away from the shooting.

The shooting happened at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, near the corner of Summit Avenue and West Main Street. Witnesses reported that two men inside a Jeep Cherokee were talking to a man walking on West Main Street. After a brief conversation, the men opened fire. The man being shot at fled, and the Jeep sped away shortly afterward. Witnesses reported seeing it driving on Washington Street. A bullet from the shooting shattered the window of a nearby home. Police recovered the bullet as evidence. The resident inside was not hurt.

Following the anonymous tip, police at 1 a.m. Feb. 21 went to the Elm Street address, where Martin Derbigny, 22, is living temporarily. Police already had warrants for his arrest stemming from past drug, weapons and DUII charges. Lt. Mike Budreau said police seized two rifles and three handguns from the residence. They also found a Jeep, which they seized.

"We questioned him, but he refused to answer questions," Budreau said, adding Derbigny was not arrested on charges related to the shooting, only on the warrants.

Derbigny has since posted bail. Police said the case is still under investigation. Budreau said police are still searching for the man who was shot at. He said there was no evidence the man had been struck by a bullet.

"He could possibly go as far as to ID the suspect," Budreau said. "We believe this was not random. We're suspicious it could involve some illegal activities on both ends."

Reach reporter Ryan Pfeil at 541-776-4468 or by email at rpfeil@mailtribune.com.

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