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Sheriff: Suspect Attempted Arson by Firing Flare Gun

Authorities in Josephine County are looking for the driver of a vehicle seen near Chinook Park before a flare arced from the vehicle and into bushes near a home.

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 6:20 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A suspect is still at large in a strange incident involving the firing of a flare gun on September 1 that may have been attempted arson, according to the Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

Around 9:30 p.m. on the night of September 1, witnesses saw a "red or maroon sedan of unknown make" in Chinook Park. A witness believed that the first three numbers on the license plate were either "943-- or 743--" and the driver seemed to be scanning the park with its headlights to see if others were around.

The driver then stopped the car in the middle of the park and an occupant fired a flare gun into the sky, causing the flare to arc into the air and land into some bushes next to a nearby home. The driver then sped away from the park, the witness said.

JCSO said that the witness was convinced that the fired flare was an attempt at arson due to the trajectory of the shot.

Anyone with information about the incident or others involving the use of a flare gun should contact JCSO at 541-474-5123. If you see something like this in progress, call 911.

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