GRANTS PASS, Ore. – – Grants Pass Police take some dangerous weapons off the streets, but had to deal with an unruly mob of people to do it. Police officers say they were in the process of arresting three people when a large crowd began challenging the officers.
It all happened late last night in Grants Pass. Police were trying to arrest a third person in connection with stolen guns, when a crowd of more than 30 people began to confront the officers, and even threatened violence against them.
The incident occurred after 7 p.m. last night on Bridge Street, as officers tried to apprehend Keith Farnsworth. He was the third of three suspects connected to stolen weapons, including an a-k-47, rifles, a revolver, and a pistol. The crowd challenged the officers on scene and advanced toward them, but police say the presence of a police K-9 on scene and the officers commands were able to de-escalate the situation.
“We will arrest, we will act swiftly if anyone decides to challenge in the course of us trying to do our jobs, especially when firearms are involved. And it almost got out of control last night on southwest bridge street,” Grants Pass Police Officer Bill Landis.
Prior to the incident, police arrested two other suspects in for felony possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana and meth; 31-year-old Jason Vasquez and 18-year-old Jacob Coates. All three men are currently in the Josephine County Jail. Police say they believe the guns may be connected to a series of recent burglaries.