On Thursday, November 19, 2020 at approximately 6:00 P.M., Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to a person that had been shot on Hwy 199 near milepost 11.
Preliminary investigation revealed that a Chevrolet van was reported as driving all over the road and believed to be an intoxicated driver.
As emergency personnel were enroute, the van stopped alongside the road. Citizens attempted to detain the operator of the van until police arrived. The van attempted to leave and struck Harley Tyrie (32) of Grants Pass and Brandy Newell (31) of Grants Pass.
Tyrie drew a firearm and fired into the van.
Tyrie and Newell were not seriously injured.
The operator of the van, Bryan Fitzgerald (31) of Rogue River, was struck with a bullet. He was transported to Rogue Regional Medical Center for treatment. His medical BAC was .30%
Oregon State Police Detectives are working with the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office and the investigation is continuing.
OSP was assisted by the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office.