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Police: Couple arrested for threatening Grants Pass park-goers with weapons; shots fired

David and Fawn Dapper are accused of coming to Tussing Park on Monday, threatening people there with a gun and a large knife.

Posted: Jun 1, 2021 9:17 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — An intoxicated couple came armed to a Grants Pass park on Monday evening, threatening people with violence, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.

Shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday, GPDPS dispatch started getting 911 calls about an armed man at Tussing Park who was reportedly threatening to shoot people. Within 12 seconds of the original call, the callers reported that the man was pointing a handgun at people in the park "and was now actively shooting."

Police responded to Tussing Park and found the man, still carrying a gun, as he left the parking lot. GPDPS said that he complied with officers' demands and was detained within five minutes of the first call.

Officers also detained an intoxicated woman "armed with a large knife," who turned out to be the male suspect's wife. The two were identified as 56-year-old David Denver Dapper and 58-year-old Fawn Elysa Dapper.

Once officers had the couple in custody, they went through the park to see if anyone was injured. According to GPDPS, the park was filled with people, including children and a pregnant woman. Finding that there were no injuries, officers interviewed several witnesses to the incident.

"From the investigation, it was determined the Dappers were angry with noise from the park and Fawn Dapper walked there to confront citizens," GPDPS said. "Fawn used a large knife to put numerous citizens in fear, to include the pregnant woman, and even made stabbing motions. David Dapper then arrived at the park and pointed his handgun at several citizens before firing it into the air. It is fortunate that no one was injured during this incident."

The Dappers were taken to the Josephine County Jail on a number of charges, including multiple counts of Unlawful Use of a Weapon and Menacing.

GPDPS asked that anyone who witnessed the incident call (541) 450-6260 and reference case #21-23986.

"We would like to thank our citizens for their continued support," the agency said.

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