Business calls 911 in officer involved shooting
A local business is speaking out as an investigation is taking place in their front yard and place of ownership.
Jan Martinez, owner of Tea Pot on Wheels, recalls the string of events that ended in a fatal shooting, beginning on July 18th starting about 2 p.m.
"About 2 p.m. we were in the restaurant and we saw a car pull up very quickly and all of a sudden a guy jumped out and was banging on this window and he was screaming, 'I need help, I need help'," said Martinez.
The man who was banging on the windows told Martinez there was a man under the freeway close to exit 45A in Gold Hill who was threatening to commit suicide. The unknown male was eating his lunch under the freeway in the shade when another man approached him.
"The guy asked him, 'are you hurt?' and he said, 'I'm about to be. You're going to be the last person who saw me alive,'" describes Martinez.
Martinez proceeded to call 911, however, in that time, another unknown person was seen talking to Tony Orland Mills, a 73-year-old resident of Gold Hill with a gun. Before authorities could arrive, Mills left with the person he was seen talking too. However, later that night, Mills returned.
At about 8:31 p.m., Oregon State Police Troopers and Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies responded to exit 45A for a suicidal male, armed with a handgun. Medical was summoned to stage in the area.
"Our whole parking lot was full of police and our neighbors heard the loudspeaker, they heard the police having the conservation with the man," said Martinez.
Just before 9 p.m. shots were fired and Mills was determined to be deceased. No officers were injured. The initial investigation indicates that the deceased fired his handgun during the incident, and one law enforcement officer on scene also fired his weapon.
Medford Police is conducting the investigation and is assisted by the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.