Police make arrest following Grants Pass shootings

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. — After a five-day investigation into shootings at the Parkway Christian Center and the Johnston Dental Office, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety made an arrest.

26-year-old Joshua Ashley was taken into custody at about 2:00 a.m. Friday morning.

According to police, Ashley was arrested in a SWAT raid on the 900 block of South Vannoy Creek Road, near Merlin.

“We took him into custody without any incident, he did not cause us any problems once we took him into custody,” GPDPS Chief Warren Hensman, said.

GPDPS pieced together both shootings through surveillance footage, automated license plate reader technology, and witness statements.

Detectives seized a black, 2000 Honda CRV believed to be the car used in both shootings.

“We put a lot of effort into this, the community deserves it,” Warren said. “We’re just incredibly pleased that the community can walk into a big event this weekend or just there basic day to day without being concerned about this guy on the loose,” he said.

Ashley was lodged at the Josephine County Jail on the charges of attempted murder, several counts of reckless endangering, and three counts of unlawful use of a weapon.

Ashley will appear in court on Monday.

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