Joint Terrorism Task Force Leads Medford Bombing Investigation
The FBI; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Medford Police Department, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office; and the Oregon State Police are jointly investigating the use of an improvised explosive device at the Jackson County District Attorney's Office.
At 4:38 Wednesday morning, witnesses reported hearing an explosion outside the building at 715 West 10th Street in Medford. Initial reports indicate that someone placed a propane tank next to the entrance of the building and attempted to detonate it. The tank only partially detonated, sending flames up the outside of the building.
Investigators are working to determine if this incident is an act of terrorism. The investigation is currently being worked with partnerships formed under the Joint Terrorism Task Force as well as other working relationships within the law enforcement community to investigate this crime.
Greg Fowler, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon said, "The explosive device was clearly intended to target a government facility, the DA's office. An attack on such a visible symbol of government and justice demands our singular focus. Although no one was injured, this device posed a significant risk to the firefighters and police officers who responded to the incident."
A man in dark clothing was seen in the area, but it is not known whether he is connected to this event or not. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the FBI at 503-224-4181.