Tuesday, February 19 2013, 06:47 PM CST
Police recover black-powder revolvers
MEDFORD, Ore. -- A homeless man is in jail and stands accused of attempted murder and assault after a shooting incident on the Bear Creek Bike Path.
The shooting happened around 10:06 a.m. Tuesday on the bike path just north of the U.S. Cellular Park, according to a press release from the Medford Police Department. An 18-year-old man, a 17-year-old girl and a 20-year-old woman were walking north on the bike path when they encountered a man in the bushes.
Police say the man began verbally threatening the three people. The group continued to walk but the man followed them and threatened to fight them.
The trio told police they tried to ignore the man and quickened their pace. Police say the man then started shooting at the three people, hitting two of them. It is estimated the man fired four to five shots.
They ran off and eventually lost the man.
The 18-year-old was hit in the hip, but the bullet didn't penetrate the skin. The teen was left with a bruise. The 17-year-old girl was struck in the shoulder. The bullet did tear through several layers of clothing, but didn't break the skin. She had a contusion on her shoulder.
Officers recovered large caliber lead ball. Police believed the suspect used a muzzle-loading gun.
Police began looking for the suspect.
Around 12:24 p.m., they found the man in the brush near the bike back. The suspect was standing near the creek and was holding a handgun.
The man put the gun down when ordered to do so and was taken into custody without incident.
Police found two handguns. They determined the guns were .44 caliber black powder revolvers and were consistent with the ball round found earlier.
The suspect, who had been described as having shaggy hair, had shaved his head since the incident.
Officers arrested Joseph Matejko, 53, on the suspicion of attempted murder and second degree assault.