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Grants Pass Police Use De-Escalation To Arrest Man Threatening To Shoot Officers (Photo) - 12/02/22

Grants Pass, Ore. – This morning at 7:29 AM, Grants Pass Police responded to Southridge Way in Grants Pass for reports of a man running in the street and threatening to shoot people. Upon arrival, officers located the man, who they quickly assessed as likely suffering from a combination of mental illness and methamphetamine-induced psychosis. To protect the citizens in the neighborhood, officers isolated the subject and began de-escalation attempts by talking with the subject to gain his compliance. The man shouted to officers that he had a gun and was going to shoot them. Officers showed extreme restraint as the man continually reached into his jacket and waistband to simulate drawing a firearm. The officers, who were unable to verbally gain the man’s compliance, ultimately deployed a less-lethal Taser device to take the subject into custody. The man was found to be in possession of methamphetamines and narcotics smoking pipes, but no gun was found. Neither the officers nor the suspect received serious injuries because of the incident.

The man was identified as 33-year-old Joshua C. Wilson of Grants Pass. After receiving medical clearance at the Three Rivers Medical Center, Wilson was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for two counts of Menacing, Criminal trespass, and a Probation Violation Detainer. He also received a citation for possessing less than a gram of methamphetamines, which is currently a Class E violation in Oregon.

This incident serves as another example of the dangers of narcotics use, such as methamphetamines, and the potentially lethal consequences that using drugs can create. The Grants Pass Police Department is thankful lethal force was avoided in this case and appreciates the extraordinary steps officers took to protect the safety of all involved. The Grants Pass Police Department also thanks the affected citizens for their patience during the incident.

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Missing Adult - 12/01/22

On November 29th, 2022, Josephine Golden (72), a resident of Grants Pass, was located by Curry County Search and Rescue in the early evening hours on a remote road near the Lobster Creek area.  Search and Rescue personnel provided Golden with fuel for her vehicle and escorted her back to the Gold Beach area.

Golden’s vehicle was observed in the Grants Pass area the following day on November 30th, 2022, at approximately 8:00 pm, but she has yet to return home.  Golden has been demonstrating uncharacteristic behavior and confusion as of late, and she has been entered as a missing person. 

Josephine Golden drives a dark purple, 2015 Toyota Scion XB, with Oregon license plate 652 LGX.

The Grants Pass Police Department is asking the public to report any sightings of Golden or her vehicle, or if you have information about her possible whereabouts.  Due to winter weather conditions, any assistance from community members could make a significant impact on ensuring Golden’s safe return home. 

Anyone with information about Josephine Golden can contact the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260 and reference case #22-52403.

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Grants Pass Town & Country Market Robbery -- UPDATE (Photo) - 12/01/22

Grants Pass, Ore. - On November 25th, 2022, at approximately 8:50 pm, Grants Pass Police responded to a robbery at the Town & Country Market on Williams Highway. A store employee reported that a suspect had committed a theft and fled on foot. When the employee followed the suspect outside, the suspect discharged a firearm in the direction of the store. 

Police arrived within minutes and confirmed that no one had been injured in the incident. Grants Pass Detectives responded and took over the criminal investigation. 

UPDATE:

Grants Pass Police Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect captured on store surveillance video. Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity is asked to call Detective Justin Hoy at 541-450-6343.

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Josephine County Fairgrounds Shooting -- UPDATE (Photo) - 12/01/22

Grants Pass, Ore. - On November 26th, 2022, a few minutes before midnight, Grants Pass Police Officers responded to the Josephine County Fairgrounds for reports of a man firing a gun. Due to the rapidly evolving incident, law enforcement requested Three Rivers Medical Center lockdown while a search of the Fairgrounds was underway. GPPD officers and Oregon State Troopers cleared the Fairgrounds and confirmed the suspect had already fled.

A private party was being held at the Fairgrounds, and the suspect fired a firearm into the ceiling of the building. No one was injured at the party. The suspect's connection to the event is still being determined. Grants Pass Police detectives responded to assist with the criminal investigation.

The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank the Oregon State Police and Three Rivers Medical Center for their assistance.

UPDATE:

Grants Pass Police Detectives are seeking to question Jesus “Chuy” Morales-Martinez (42 years of age) for his alleged involvement in the shooting incident. It is believed Morales-Martinez may have fled to California. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Morales-Martinez is requested to call Detective Justin Hoy at 541-450-6343.

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Firearm discharged by a male - 11/27/22

On November 26th, 2022, a few minutes before midnight, Grants Pass Police Department officers responded to the Josephine County Fairgrounds for reports of a man firing a gun.  Due to the rapidly evolving incident, law enforcement requested Three Rivers Medical Center lockdown while a search of the Fairgrounds was underway.  GPPD officers and Oregon State Troopers cleared the Fairgrounds and confirmed the suspect had already fled.  

A private party was being held at the Fairgrounds and the suspect fired a firearm into the ceiling of the building.  No one was injured at the party  The suspect's connection to the event is still being determined. Grants Pass Police detectives responded to assist with the criminal investigation.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30-40 years of age, approximately five foot ten with dark hair.  He was wearing a green and black shirt with blue jeans.  He fled the scene in a dark-colored pickup in an unknown direction.

The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank the Oregon State Police and Three Rivers Medical Center for their assistance.  Anyone with information on the shooting is requested to call Detective Justin Hoy at 541-450-6343.

Robbery - 11/26/22

On November 25th, 2022, at approximately 8:50 pm, Grants Pass Police responded to a robbery at the Town & Country Market on Williams Highway.  A store employee reported a suspect had committed a theft and then fled. When the employee followed the suspect outside, the suspect discharged a firearm in the direction of the store.  

Police arrived within minutes and confirmed no one had been injured in the incident.  Grants Pass Detectives responded and took over the criminal investigation.  

The suspect was not located.  He is described as a white male.  The investigation is still ongoing.  Anyone with information related to this investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Justin Hoy at 541-450-6343.

Cave Junction Man Arrested for Discharging a Firearm During Dispute in Grants Pass - 11/23/22

Grants Pass, Ore. – On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at 11:04 am, the Grants Pass Police Department received a report of a male with a gun in the 1900 block of SE Portola Drive in Grants Pass. The male was allegedly demanding the return of a vehicle that had been sold. While multiple officers were responding to the scene, the male allegedly fired the weapon and fled in a vehicle. Both nearby schools, including Gladiola High School and Riverside Elementary, were secured until officers determined there was no longer a threat. Arriving officers found no one had been injured due to the single gunshot. SE Portola Drive was temporarily closed for the investigation but was reopened a short time later after evidence was collected.

Grants Pass Police Detectives responded to the scene and assisted patrol officers in identifying the male who had allegedly fired the gun as 22-year-old Seth Fox of Cave Junction. As a result of the investigation, Fox was located and arrested in Grants Pass. Seth Fox was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for a single charge of Unlawful Use of a Weapon.

The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank the citizens inconvenienced by the temporary road closure for their patience, as well as those who helped with the investigation. This investigation is ongoing, and anyone having information is asked to contact the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260 and reference case #22-51071.

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Sound Lounge Robber Arrested (Photo) - 11/15/22

Grants Pass, Ore. – On Monday, November 14, 2022, Grants Pass Police Detectives, with the assistance of the Medford Police Department, arrested Gregory Scott Jetmore, 41 years old, for the robbery of the Sound Lounge that occurred on November 8th in Grants Pass. Following a losing Oregon Lottery gambling spree at the Sound Lounge, Jetmore allegedly returned and held the bartender at knifepoint while he demanded cash and the bartender’s phone. Jetmore fled the scene with approximately $4,000.00 cash.

Following an in-depth investigation by the Grants Pass Police Department, Gregory Jetmore was identified as the subject captured on surveillance video robbing the business. Following the arrest, Jetmore was lodged at the Josephine County Jail for Robbery in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Menacing, and Theft in the First Degree.

The Grants Pass Police Department would like to thank all those who assisted with the investigation. If anyone has further information about this crime, they are asked to call the Grants Pass Police Department at 541-450-6260 and reference case # 22-49208.

Further media inquiries should be referred to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office.

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