According to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety, officers were dispatched to a report of a man with a gun at the Sizzler on the 1800 block of 7th street on around 4 o’clock, on Friday, November 29th. It was reported by several witnesses that the man, identified later as Michael Henry Goodwin, was walking around Burger King and Sizzler pulling a handgun from his coat pocket and waving it around. One caller stayed on the line with 911 and provided updates of Goodwin’s location. The first officer on scene kept his distance but maintained a visual of Goodwin until other officers arrived. The officer reported he too witnessed Goodwin brandish the handgun and point it at the patrons inside of the restaurant. Sizzler was called and advised to lock all the doors until the situation could be resolved.
Other officers arrived on scene and took Goodwin into custody without incident near the entrance of Super 8 Motel. Goodwin in fact had a stolen, loaded handgun in his possession. The handgun was reported stolen in a burglary to the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office this year.
Once Goodwin was in custody, an officer went to Sizzler and advised them the situation had been resolved. Several more witnesses and victims came forward and were interviewed regarding Goodwin’s actions. Goodwin was subsequently lodged on several charges including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing and other charges.