MEDFORD, Ore. (KOIN) — A Medford police officer shot and wounded a man Sunday morning, after a concerned relative allegedly called police to report that the 55-year-old man may have been suicidal.
The relative allegedly got a text message from Steven Myers saying, “Goodbye,” in the middle of the night. The relative went to look for Myers the next morning at his home, according to police. She called police when she couldn’t find him.
Officers arrived at the home on Seroba Circle shortly before 10 a.m. Authorities said they saw a blood trail leading toward the back of the home and tried to communicate with Myers through an open window for nearly an hour before they decided to force the door open, Medford Police Chief Scott Clauson said in a press conference Monday.
Officers said they saw Myers once the door was open, but they did not go inside right away. Officers tried to communicate with him, according to police, but “seconds after breaching the door” Myers walked toward police “with one hand behind his back.” According to police, he walked into the backyard “where the officers had backed up to a wood fence.”
Myers then brought his hidden hand forward, revealing a knife, according to police. Officers said he continued to advance, prompting two officers to deploy a taser and one to fire a gun. Myers was taken to the hospital, underwent surgery and is now in stable condition, Clauson said. Five officers were on scene when the shooting happened and three will be placed on paid administrative leave as is protocol, according to the Medford Police Department.