SALEM, Ore. — 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 with a knife.