Task Force Arrests Attempted Murder Suspect

Derek Johnson is lodged in the Jackson County jail on a no-bail fugitive warrant for attempted murder. (Courtesy Jackson County Sheriff's Office)

A man wanted for attempted murder in Fortuna, California, is now lodged in the Jackson County jail. Local members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offenders Task Force (PNVOTF) arrested Derek Ray Johnson, 24, on Tuesday, March 12th, according to a statement released from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office about the incident.

Just after noon on Tuesday, PNVOTF officers attempted to contact Johnson at a residence on the 3000-block of Sheraton Court in Medford, Oregon. At first, the suspect tried to flee through the back door when he saw the officers, but was met by waiting task force officers. He was taken into custody without further incident, according to authorities. Officers from the Medford Police Department assisted at the scene. No further information was provided on how authorities were alerted of Johnson's presence in Oregon, or his relation to the Sheraton Court residence.

Johnson is lodged in the Jackson County jail on a no-bail fugitive warrant for attempted murder.

The local division of the PNVOTF is made up of personnel from the United States Marshals Service, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and Central Point Police Department. The task force specializes in locating and arresting fugitives wanted for offenses including, murder, assault, sex crimes, failure to register as a sex offender, firearm violations, and probation violations.

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