GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The subject of an Oregon State Police investigation is dead following an officer-involved shooting at the agency's office in Grants Pass late on Tuesday morning.
Officers with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety told NewsWatch 12 that several troopers received minor injuries during the deadly incident.
Investigators quickly gathered at the OSP offices with a mobile command unit — erecting a canopy over the crime scene in front of the building. In a brief statement released at noon, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety (GPDPS) confirmed that its officers and detectives were on the scene of the fatal officer-involved shooting.
"The scene is secure and there is no threat to the public. Further details will follow as they are available," the agency said.
Later in the afternoon, Josephine County District Attorney Ryan Mulkins delivered another brief statement with more details on the incident. The man killed in the shooting, 39-year-old Brandon Christopher Jones, was a suspect in an Oregon State Police investigation.
Jones and OSP troopers reportedly got into an altercation at the office around 10:30 a.m. when the troopers attempted to take Jones into custody. Mulkins said that Jones tried to wrest one of the trooper's guns away during the scuffle — prompting at least one of the troopers to open fire. Jones died at the scene.
The DA declined to say how many troopers were involved, what the state of their aforementioned injuries were, or how many of them may have fired at Jones. An investigation into the incident will continue.
Court records indicate that Jones had a lengthy criminal record in Josephine County, including both violent and sexual crimes. He became a registered sex offender following a 2012 conviction on two counts of Encouraging Child Sex Abuse in the Second Degree.
Oregon House Republican Leader Carl Wilson (R-Grants Pass) released a statement on Tuesday afternoon thanking the OSP troopers that "likely saved lives" in the shooting.
“The quick and heroic action of dedicated OSP Troopers saved lives and protected the public today,” said Rep. Wilson. “We are deeply thankful to the brave troopers who courageously performed their duties under life-threatening circumstances. We should all pause every day — not just in the wake of a crisis — to appreciate the dedicated and brave first responders in our midst.”
This is a developing story. NewsWatch 12 has a reporter at the scene and we are working to bring you more details.
[EDIT: Updated at 2:45 p.m. with the District Attorney's statements.]