In a tragic incident today in Grants Pass, Oregon, a local man was found dead, marking a sad development in the community. Stay up to date with breaking news on this Grants Pass shooting, as authorities work to unravel the details surrounding this unfortunate event.
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Grants Pass Shooting Investigation – Suspect declared dead following officer-involved shooting
A heavy police presence responded Friday to an officer-involved shooting near Redwood Highway and Allen Creek Road in Grants Pass, Oregon. The incident occurred around 12:20 p.m., causing the closure of Highway 199 from Dowell Road to Redwood Avenue.
According to a statement from the Grants Pass Police Department (GPPD), Kelly Lynn Mason, 48, opened fire on officers who returned fire during a short pursuit. Mason was pronounced dead at the scene. At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
All officers involved were placed on leave during the traumatic event in accordance with Senate Deadly Force Protocol 111. Authorities have advised people to avoid contact with the suspect and to contact law enforcement immediately if discovered.
Mason is wanted in connection with a Nov. 21 murder burglary at an apartment on Rogue River Highway. A three-week investigation by the GPPD Major Crimes Unit revealed that the victims were targeted in the burglary.
On November 21 at 7:45 p.m., GPPD responded to reports of gunshots inside a unit in the 1400 block of Rogue River Highway. Police arrived to find Katherine Crago dead from a gunshot wound and a severely beaten male victim, who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Mason matches the description of a bald white male 5’11”, 200 lb with brown eyes and multiple tattoos. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous and was last seen while driving a white Honda Accord with Oregon license plate 378PCG.
Before Friday’s incident, police advised the public to avoid contact with Mason and immediately notify law enforcement if discovered. GPPD expressed there is no additional danger to the public following the shooting but said Redwood Expressway will remain closed pending the conclusion of the investigation.
According to GPPD, Mason fired at officers during a short pursuit, who then returned fire. At least one officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Officers from multiple agencies discharged their weapons and were placed on ceremonial leave.
Mason was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident caused traffic congestion as ODOT stopped traffic at Dowell Road. An officer also requested a body search at 12:36 p.m.
GPPD continues to investigate the murder of a shoplifter in November as well as the police shooting of suspect Kelly Lynn Mason on Friday. The public is advised to avoid the area as Redwood Highway remains closed until the investigation is complete.