GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Police in Grants Pass said a false report drew much-needed resources away from the Boatnik parade route Saturday.
Police responded to Southeast K Street at about 11:15 a.m. Saturday, just after the parade started, for a report of a man with a gun who was threatening to shoot people.
When officers arrived, they briefly detained three people, until they found out that there was no gun. The incident was actually an argument between a man and a woman over a child custody issue. The woman’s boyfriend, 22-year-old Justin Jones, told police he reported a gun in order to get officers to arrive more quickly.
Police said the false report took away officers who were patrolling the parade route, and without officers there to block off certain streets, it could have endangered pedestrians. Police also said they respond differently to a situation involving a gun.
“When we’re getting information that somebody has a firearm and they’re pointing it at people and threatening to shoot them, then that requires a different response than a normal, two people arguing,” said Lt. Dennis Ward with Grants Pass Public Safety.
Jones is now in the Josephine County Jail on charges of initiating a false report.