[UPDATE 4:00 P.M.] The man who died during a shootout with police Sunday night has been identified as 29-year old Daniel Diaz. Diaz lived on Northwest Blossom Drive in Grants Pass.
According to the Josephine County Court, Diaz was charged with Two Counts of Menacing in August, 2014 and failed to appear for his status hearing on those charges September 4th. A warrant was placed for his arrest after not appearing. It is unknown if those charges had anything to do with the incident on Sunday.
Oregon State Police are continuing their investigation into the shooting today, and expect an autopsy to be done this week.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety held a news conference Monday morning to discuss the officer involved shooting incident that occurred Sunday night.
Police said it happened at 9:38 p.m. on Blossom Drive in Grants Pass. A woman called police reporting that a man was outside her house, armed with a handgun, yelling at her and her husband and she reported that shots were fired.
Police responded and the man retreated into another house on Blossom Drive and barricaded himself inside.
Betty Wright is a resident in Grants Pass and said she heard gun shots from her bedroom one block away.
“I was awake and I heard this yelling and I thought good grief they’re shooting off firecrackers over there and there was a lot. I’m not sure; Six, eight, there was a lot of shots,” Wright said.
At 10:22 p.m. the SWAT and negotiation teams arrived and contacted the suspect by phone, he eventually hung up and at 11:12 p.m. started firing more shots from inside the house. At 11:28 the suspect started shooting again and then there was a break in fire, which police believed he was reloading his weapon, and police returned fire.
After officers fired their shots, SWAT teams entered the residence armed with rubber bullets and found the man dead in the bedroom.
The entire incident lasted two hours. Three officers were involved, one sustained minor injuries while climbing a fence to enter the property.
Interim Chief of Grants Pass Police Bill Landis says officer safety is a concern, especially with a growing number of officer involved shootings nationally.
“I think folks with guns and the volatile that we live in poses threats to law enforcement and we are certainly seeing that on a national scale more than I can recall,” Landis said.
Next of kin is being notified, so we do not know the name of the subject involved. The home in which the subject barricaded himself is known to police, but it is unclear if the subject is in fact the resident of that home.
Further investigation of this shooting has been passed off to Oregon State Police. The three officers involved have been given paid administrative leave.