GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Around 9:30 Monday evening, officers with Grants Pass Police and Fire/Rescue were dispatched to call for a 35-year-old male bleeding from the arm. The victim, Joshua Wright, 35, said he had been attacked with a machete.
Officers arrived on scene and found the victim bleeding profusely. One officer, who is also a certified Paramedic, applied a tourniquet within three minutes of the call. American Medical Response and Fire/Rescue personnel arrived and transported the victim to Three River’s Medical Center for treatment.
Wright and witnesses identified the suspect as James Daniel Gardner. Officers located Gardener nearby and placed him in custody. The intersection of Southeast J Street between 6th and 7th streets was closed for a short crime while the crime scene was processed.
Due to the extent of his injuries, Wright was later transported to Rogue Regional Medical center for further evaluation and treatment.
Police Detectives arrived and assumed the investigation. Gardner was interviewed and later lodged at the Josephine County Jail on charges of Assault 1st Degree, and Disorderly Conduct.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at (541) 450-6260.