A 20-year-old man shot and killed by federal marshals in the parking lot of a Medford supermarket had been ordered into residential drug treatment for violating his probation on a conviction for assaulting a marshal.
Court records showed James Harrison Georgeson Jr. had a long history of drug abuse and criminal behavior that ended Thursday about 5:30 p.m. at a busy Albertsons store.
Federal marshals said they were trying to take him into custody on a warrant issued in December accusing him of violating probation.
"Jimmy was no angel by any means, and he was a runner," stepfather James Harrison, of Medford, told the Mail Tribune newspaper. "But he's not your Top 10 America's Most Wanted, just a dumb kid who made bad choices under the influence.
"He didn't deserve what happened," Harrison said. "He didn't deserve to be shot. It could have been handled in a completely different way."
Georgeson rammed his vehicle into two federal vehicles, and officers opened fire, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement.
It was the second time he'd confronted the marshals.
A pre-sentencing report says Deputy Marshal Vincent Byford was looking for someone else in an apartment in Talent on Oct. 5, 2009, when Georgeson shut himself in a bathroom, then jumped out the window.
The deputy chased him to another apartment complex, where Georgeson tackled the deputy and had to be hit three times with a stun gun before he could be handcuffed.
At the jail, Georgeson complained of injuries. Taken to the hospital, he bolted when the handcuffs were taken off to transfer him from a gurney to a wheelchair, court documents said.
Georgeson jumped a concrete barrier, breaking his hands and feet in a 30-foot fall, and kept running, trying to commandeer a car before officers caught up with him on the patio of a nearby house.
A drug test showed cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy in his system, the report said.
Charged with assaulting a marshal, Georgeson pleaded guilty, served two years in prison and was released on three years of probation.
Records The Associated Press obtained Friday show Georgeson admitted in October to using drugs in violation of his probation.
He was also ordered to spend up to 120 days in residential drug treatment. The records don't say whether he complied.
Harrison said he last saw Georgeson on Tuesday and he seemed ready to turn himself in.
"It just happened too late," Harrison said.
Harrison says Georgeson never carried weapons.
The Mail Tribune newspaper reported some shoppers shielded the eyes of their children while walking by the body, and others pressed against the crime scene tape to take photos.
Medford Police Chief Tim George said Friday he couldn't say yet how many shots were fired or how many marshals were on the scene. He said he had no evidence that Georgeson was armed.
A photograph by The Mail Tribune newspaper shows at least two bullet holes in the driver side window of the SUV.
George said police will present the results of their investigation to the Jackson County district attorney's office, which will put it before a grand jury for consideration of criminal charges.
Georgeson had a long history of drug abuse and criminal behavior stretching back to his youth, court records said.
Documents filed by a defense lawyer note that the deputy marshal arresting Georgeson in 2009 wasn't injured, and that Georgeson had been treated for mental health problems since the age of 12, when he was made a ward of the court.
The documents also showed that Georgeson was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and finished the 11th grade.