Man killed in officer involved shooting identified


Grants Pass, Ore.- The man killed in an officer involved shooting in Grants Pass Thursday has been identified as 46-year-old Shawn Pappe of Gold Hill.

Oregon State Police detectives are continuing to lead the Josephine County Major Crime Team investigation into the officer involved shooting.

Preliminary information shows at 7:27 a.m., the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety began receiving reports of a Silver Chevy SUV crashing into several parked vehicles at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Grants Pass. Further reports indicated the vehicle then left the area and began traveling the wrong direction on Highway 199 (Parkway) before eventually crashing into a guard rail near the intersection of Highway 199 and “F” street in Grants Pass.

Officers arrived shortly thereafter and observed a male subject, who was later identified as Pappe, sitting in the vehicle with a large knife. Grants Pass Department of Public Safety officers began negotiating with Pappe and called for medics. According to OSP, after approximately twenty minutes of negotiation, Pappe left the SUV and confronted the nearby officers with the knife. The officers deployed less lethal force options including a Taser and bean bag rounds. Investigators say Pappe continued to advance toward the nearby officers resulting in officers firing shots at him. Immediately after the shooting, Pappe received medical attention by the staged medics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

No officers were injured and the officer names are withheld at this time.

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