- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - A Grants Pass man who barricaded himself inside his home died after both he and officers fired shots, police say.

Officers believed at one point they may have hit the man, Interim Police Chief Bill Landis said Monday.

But Landis said it would take an autopsy to confirm whether that was the case or whether the man died of a self-inflicted wound.

Officers got a call Sunday night about a man “going crazy” and firing a weapon, the Grants Pass Daily Courier (https://bit.ly/1sixlqP) reported. A woman reported that the man was yelling at her and her husband.

Officers reported four instances of gunfire in and around the house, and twice fired at the man, Landis said at a news conference.

The man was not immediately identified. Landis said he was armed with a handgun.

Officers briefly made contact with him, but he cut short the call, Landis said.

Landis said officers fired at the man when they saw him outside the house and again a few minutes later after they heard more shots from inside the house.

“At that time, less lethal SWAT tactics were used, as well as attempting to continue to hail the subject inside the house to come out and give himself up,” Landis said.

A SWAT team got into the house through the garage and found the man dead in a bedroom.

Three officers fired, Landis said, and were put on administrative leave, customary in police shootings. The State Police and the Josephine County district attorney’s office will conduct an investigation, he said.

One officer suffered minor injuries climbing over a fence.


Information from: Daily Courier, https://www.thedailycourier.com

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