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Man sought in shooting that caused Medford crash

Police are seeking help in finding a man who allegedly fired multiple gunshots into an occupied car at a Medford apartment over the weekend, causing the driver to hit several vehicles in the lot.

Chester Louis Iodence, 33, is wanted on charges of attempted murder and attempted first-degree assault after he allegedly fired four shots at a vehicle with at least one person inside it near the Village Apartments in the 700 block of Royal Avenue about 3 p.m. Sunday, according to a release issued by Medford police.

The altercation began when the owner of a bicycle reported stolen observed Iodence riding it, according to police. When the owner confronted him, Iodence brandished a large knife, prompting one of two individuals who’d been riding in a vehicle with the bike owner to step in.

Iodence then pulled a gun and fired what police said were “several shots” at the two people.

The bike owner and associate piled into their vehicle, when Iodence allegedly fired four shots at the driver’s compartment including two shots fired through the front windshield.

The driver was not injured, but collided with at least three parked cars in the apartment parking lot while trying to get away, a witness told police.

Iodence is described as a white male, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 185 pounds.

Anyone who spots Iodence should call dispatchers at 541-770-4783 and reference case number 18-9557. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Iodence has a prior conviction out of the California Superior Court for Santa Rosa on a narcotics charge, according to court records. Jackson County Circuit Court records show that he’s had prior felony arrests since 2017 that have all ended by pleading down to misdemeanors.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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