Detectives extract digital evidence for double shooting investigation
Medford Police Department detectives are continuing their investigation into a double shooting on S. Peach Street. After a 17-year-old shot two males breaking into his home Monday morning, officers are searching for any prior threats between the individuals.
Lt. Mike Budreau said those threats could be made in person, but also on text messages and social media applications.
"We're conducting a very thorough investigation because we owe it to everyone involved, the victims of the shooting and the shooter and their families to know exactly what happened," Budreau said.
Southern Oregon University criminology professor Tiffany Morey said the use of technology can elevate an investigation, but it has to be done in the correct way.
"There's a very positive side where there's a lot of information out there that law enforcement is able to get a hold of, the courts are able to get ahold of," Morey said. "The negative part is it's not free. You just can't go up to somebody and say 'Give me your cell phone, I want to look at it.' You have to have a warrant and there's a process for that."
In modern times of technology, Morey said we are documenting our lives as we've never done before.
"In history, unless we wrote something down in a letter or wrote it down on a note, there was no documentation of it, other than a witness or somebody hearing us and that could be hearsay," Morey said.
With digital evidence, Morey said the electronic information is there and it stays with a person.
"We also have found that a lot of people nowadays say things and do things on digital evidence that they never would have done," Morey said. "Thinking that they're in their room and are there in their home and they're safe."
MPD said digital evidence takes a while to extract, but it will certainly be included in their investigation. To provide extra assistance, Budreau said the Southern Oregon High-Tech Crimes Task Force is also working the case.