Shooting in downtown Grants Pass

Officers investigate the scene on J Street in Grants Pass.

Grants Pass, Ore. – Police arrested a man who was shot in the head by another man during a road rage incident in downtown Grants Pass.

The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety said the shooting occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3.

An investigation led police to believe the shooting was the result of a road rage incident that started a few blocks away.

Police said during the incident, one of the drivers, identified as Robert Kujawski, eventually exited his car and threatened the other driver, Jesse Thornton, who was still in his vehicle at the time.

It turns out Thornton was armed and fired a shot in the direction of Kujawski, who received a non-life threatening injury to the side of his head. Kujawski got back into his vehicle and drove himself to the hospital while he talked to 911 operators.

GPDPS said Thornton also called 911 to report the incident. He eventually returned to the scene to wait for police.

According to officers, once Kujawski was released from the hospital he was arrested on charges of reckless driving and disorderly conduct.

Police said two other similar incidents involving Kujawski approaching drivers and threatening them occurred earlier that same day.

Thornton is currently not facing any charges, but charges related to the unlawful possession of a firearm are being sent to the Josephine County District Attorney’s Office for consideration.

(This story has been updated from a previous version after more details were released by law enforcement.)

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