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DA identifies two killed in Illinois Valley standoff, shooting

Because Monday's standoff represents an officer-involved shooting, the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU), led by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, has taken lead on the investigation.

Posted: Dec 9, 2020 1:28 PM
Updated: Dec 9, 2020 1:41 PM

CAVE JUNCTION, Ore. — The Josephine County District Attorney's office has identified the two people killed when gunfire erupted during a standoff on Monday near Cave Junction.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies, including the Oregon State Police SWAT team, descended on a property on Pinewood Way south of Cave Junction on Monday morning. for a reported domestic violence incident that became a hostage situation.

According to a statement from the Josephine County Sheriff's Office, a woman called 911 to report that her husband had threatened her with a gun. While she was able to escape the property, another person was still inside with the husband.

Among the officers deployed to the scene were Grants Pass hostage negotiators, but the Sheriff's Office said the standoff ended on Monday afternoon when both the gunman and law enforcement officers opened fire. Two people inside the house were killed — both the gunman and the hostage.

District Attorney Josh Eastman identified the suspected gunman on Wednesday as 56-year-old Donald J. Guest.

The other fatality was 70-year-old Sandra Jo Reynolds. County tax records indicate that she was the owner of the property.

While the precise circumstances of the shooting remain under investigation by Jackson County detectives — with no indication yet of which parties fired first, or how Guest and Reynolds were killed — Eastman said on Tuesday that officers from Grants Pass Police and Oregon State Police had fired their weapons.

Because Monday's standoff represents an officer-involved shooting, the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU), led by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, has taken lead on the investigation.

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