- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A southern Oregon prosecutor says workers at a Grants Pass business won’t be charged after they subdued an intruder who died while he was being restrained.

An autopsy indicated that Jasen Robert Lewis likely died of asphyxiation last Jan. 21.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports (https://is.gd/TFU61Y ) the Josephine County district attorney’s office said Monday that the workers at a cabinet shop acted within Oregon law when they arrived at work to find a man removing property from the business.

Police say the intruder charged the employees, who struggled with him, forced him to the ground and restrained him while they waited for officers. The man stopped breathing before law enforcement officers arrived.

Oregon law allows property owners to use reasonable force to prevent theft or damage to their property, or to arrest a person for a crime committed in their presence.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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