Seven Medford police officers were placed on paid administrative leave today after a 19-hour standoff ended in the death of Andrew Charles Shipley, 49, at his home at 360 Argyle Court, Medford.
Though police communicated with Shipley throughout the standoff, which began at about 3:45 p.m. Monday, things escalated at about 10:30 this morning when Shipley raised his garage door and fired another shot at officers, Medford police Chief Tim George said at a press conference.
Shipley fired a shot within the house that exited the home before raising the garage door, George said.
Shipley died at the scene. A small dog in the home was killed as well, though it is not known whether it died during the exchange of gunfire with police.
Seven officers were placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Major Assault and Death Investigations Unit, led by Oregon State Police. A grand jury will determine whether the shooting was justified, as is protocol in officer-involved shootings.
Police found at least two guns in the home, a handgun and a rifle.
George said Shipley's girlfriend had been in process of evicting him, and that his mental health issues had been escalating for "days, if not weeks."
— Ryan Pfeil