Shooting suspect dead after crashing into fire truck near Ashland Sunday

UPDATE, October 30, 4:30 p.m.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the suspect who crashed into a fire truck and died after allegedly shooting one victim in a domestic violence incident.

According to an updated press release, Jose Castro, 31 of Ashland, shot the victim when they tried to drive away.  The victim was shot once.  Castro tried to drive the victim to the hospital when he crashed head on with a fire truck on Dead Indian Memorial Road.

Police say the firefighters removed the victim immediately from the crash.  Castro died while firefighters tried to remove him from the car.

The Serious Traffic Accident Reconstruction team investigated the crash and say Castro was driving well over the speed limit when the crash happened.  The crash tore the front axle off the fire truck frame.

No firefighters were injured in the crash.

The victim is in stable condition after undergoing surgery at a local hospital for the gunshot wound and injuries suffered during the crash.


ASHLAND, Ore. – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office say a domestic violence shooting suspect is dead after crashing head on into a fire truck Sunday morning.

According to officials, deputies responded to shots fired at a home on Dead Indian Memorial Road in rural Ashland around 4:30 a.m. that morning.  Dispatch received the call from a house party that morning.

The Sheriff’s Office says the caller reported the victim and suspect leaving the home in a vehicle speeding toward Ashland.

Detectives say the vehicle crashed head on with a Fire District 5 truck near mile marker two on Dead Indian Memorial Road.  The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was injured during the crash and transported to a local hospital.

No firefighters were injured in the crash.

Detectives say the suspect’s identification is pending next of kin, and will not be released at this time.

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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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