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Off-duty Medford officer shoots, kills wanted man armed with knife

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Timothy Joseph Alex Caruthers (Photo: Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon) Timothy Joseph Alex Caruthers (Photo: Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon)
MEDFORD, OR (KPTV) -

A wanted sex offender was shot and killed by an off-duty Medford police officer after the suspect pulled a knife on store employees and then confronted the officer with the knife, according to investigators.

The situation began at 1:45 p.m. Monday at the Sportsman's Warehouse store in Medford.

Police said a shoplifting suspect, identified Tuesday as 27-year-old Timothy Joseph Alex Caruthers, pulled a knife after being detained by store workers and then ran out of the store.

An off-duty officer who was in the store at the time attempted to stop the suspect and followed him across Highway 62 to a gas station. The officer caught up to Caruthers in a parking lot behind the gas station and attempted to detain him at gunpoint.

Investigators said Caruthers "brandished the knife in an aggressive manner towards the officer."

The officer shot the suspect and Caruthers was pronounced dead at the scene.

Witnesses told detectives that the officer identified himself as a police officer to the suspect.

On Tuesday, police said Caruthers was wanted on an Oregon State Parole Board warrant for a parole violation on a conviction of first-degree sex abuse. The warrant was issued in October 2015.

According to Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon, Caruthers was convicted in 2011 on sex abuse charges involving children under the age of 12 and was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender.  

Upon completion of the officer-involved shooting investigation by the Oregon State Police, the case will be referred to the Jackson County District Attorney’s office for review.

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