Police: Man shot by officer at S. Oregon VA clinic had confronted employee with knife
By The Associated Press
Gilbert Matthew Negrete, prior jail booking photo
WHITE CITY, OR (KPTV) -
Law enforcement officials in Oregon say a man who was shot at a Veterans Affairs clinic had come for a scheduled appointment, made paranoid and incoherent statements and confronted an employee with a knife before he was shot.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says Gilbert Matthew Negrete, 34, of Medford, was in a hospital on Friday after being shot once in the chest by a VA police officer Thursday in White City.
Police arrested Negrete on Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and attempting to elude police. He was released from jail Wednesday due to jail overcrowding.
The sheriff's office says a man believed to be Negrete tried to get his car from an impound lot and allegedly threatened an employee there with a knife, as well.
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