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OSP investigating after 'bizarre' DUII crash and shooting on Redwood Highway

A suspected drunk driver was shot by the people who tried to keep him off the road, according to Oregon State Police.

Posted: Nov 20, 2020 12:51 PM

WONDER, Ore. — Oregon State Police is investigating a shooting and DUII incident along Highway 199 on Thursday evening; a series of events that Rural Metro Fire characterized as "bizarre."

According to OSP, troopers and emergency crews responded around 6 p.m. to Redwood Highway near Elliott Creek Road to reports of a shooting.

The driver of a Chevrolet van was "driving all over the road," and witnesses believed the driver to be intoxicated, OSP's initial investigation found. As troopers were responding, the van's driver stopped alongside of the road and several people tried to detain him until police arrived.

31-year-old Bryan Fitzgerald of Rogue River, later identified as the van driver, tried to leave — hitting 32-year-old Harley Tyrie and 31-year-old Brandy Newell, both of Grants Pass, OSP said.

Tyrie pulled out a gun and fired into the van, hitting Fitzgerald. Neither Tyrie or Newell were seriously injured by Fitzgerald's vehicle, OSP said.

"In what can be best described as a bizarre series of events, units from Rural Metro Fire and American Medical Response responded to Redwood Hwy at Elliott Creek Road," Rural Metro Fire said in a Facebook post, "to what was initially dispatched as a vehicle crash, that ended up involving a white mini-van that was force-stopped by another vehicle....that was also reportedly driving erratically and ultimately involved in running into people....AND, shots being fired into the mini-van."

Emergency crews took Fitzgerald to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound. His blood-alcohol content was .30 percent, according to police.

Detectives from OSP and the Josephine County District Attorney's Office are still investigating the incident.

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