Murder suspect killed in officer involved shooting, Hwy 199 still closed

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – Highway 199 is currently closed in Grants Pass between Dowell Road and Redwood Avenue after an officer involved shooting that left one man dead.

Grants Pass Police confirmed Kelly Lynn Mason fired at officers after a short pursuit.  Officers returned fire. Police confirmed that Mason was killed during the incident.

mason was seen driving on Redwood Highway and when Mason attempted to flee from police, police said he fired shots at their vehicles.

It happened on Highway 199 at Allen Creek Road around 12:15.

Officers from Oregon State Police, Grants Pass Police Department, and the Josephine County Sheriff’s Office discharged their weapons, killing Mason.

One officer was injured.

We don’t know if they were shot, but we do know they are in stable condition.

Grants Pass Police ask the public to find alternative routes.

Police say there is no further danger to the public, but the roadway will remain closed during the on scene investigation.

Mason is the fourth suspect wanted in connection to a burglary turned homicide that happened on Nov. 21 in Grants Pass.

Grants Pass Police Department says on Nov. 21 around 7:45 p.m., it responded to gunshot reports inside an apartment on the 1400 block of Rogue River Highway.  When officers arrived on scene, one victim had been shot and another severely beaten.

The gunshot victim, Katherine Crago, died from her wounds at the scene.  The male victim was taken to a local hospital, where he is expected to recover from his injuries.

Police say over the past three weeks, the Major Crimes Unit’s investigation revealed the victims had been targeted for the robbery.

Three suspects have already been arrested in connection to this case.  Sasha Marie Moe was arrested November 22, Rick Eric Braton Lester was arrested December 4, and Michael Fay Woodruff was arrested December 11.  All three suspects have been booked into Josephine County Jail for charges of 2nd degree murder, robbery, burglary, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, and assault.

This is a developing story.  Check back for updates.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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