A Grants Pass police officer fatally shot a man Monday, Sept. 19, as they were pursuing a suspect after a call about suspicious activity in a park.
According to a press release, once police arrived at the park, a man fled the scene on foot. As police were looking for him near Southwest Westholm Avenue, they encountered a different man who lived in the area, who they say was armed.
An officer shot the man, later identified as Mark Caldwell of Grants Pass. Caldwell was transported to a hospital with critical injuries. He died on Thursday, three days after the shooting.
Police are still looking for the initial suspect. A description of the suspect has not been released by police, neither have more details on the reported suspicious activity in the park.
Police haven’t publicly identified the officer who shot Caldwell. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, per state protocols. Oregon State Police are investigating the shooting.