Medford Detectives Arrest 2017 Homicide Suspect of Drive By Shooting

MEDFORD POLICE DETECTIVES ARREST 2017 HOMICIDE SUSPECT

News Release from Medford Police Dept.
November 2nd, 2023

On Wednesday, November 1, 2023, detectives from the Medford Police Department arrested 27 year old Raul Meza-Solorio for the 2017 murder of Christian Barajas, who was 23 years old at the time of his death.

On November 22, 2017, the day before Thanksgiving, at 5:42pm, Medford Police officers were dispatched to a drive-by shooting in the 300 block of Chestnut Street. Officers arrived at the scene less than two minutes after the initial call and found Barajas deceased on the side of the road. Autopsy reports indicated Barajas has been shot four times, resulting in his death.

Over the next several days, following Barajas’s murder, investigators interviewed numerous witnesses and obtained video surveillance of the events leading up to the deadly encounter.

Meza-Solorio was identified early in the investigation, as a person of interest, and search warrants were executed at his home and the vehicle believed to be involved in the shooting, however there was not sufficient evidence located to make an arrest at that time.

During the investigation detectives had to navigate through several uncooperative witnesses who would not divulge key information. Without eyewitnesses to the shooting and all investigative leads being exhausted, the investigation went cold.

For the past six years this investigation has remained a top priority for the Medford Police Department and although the investigation went cold it did remain open and active. Over the last several months new information was discovered that implicated Meza-Solorio as the sole suspect in this homicide.

This information led investigators to the 3000 block of Avenue C in White City. Meza-Solorio was contacted at his home and taken into custody without further incident. He was interviewed at the Medford Police Department and subsequently lodged at the Jackson County Jail on a single charge of Murder in the second degree.

The family of Christian Barajas has been notified of Meza-Solorio’s arrest.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office has been consulted throughout this investigation and with this arrest, the case will be reviewed for prosecution.

Victim:  

Christian Barajas – 23 years old

Arrested:

Raul Meza-Solorio – 27 years old

3000 Block Avenue C, White City, OR

Charged: Murder-2nd Degree

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