January 22, 2014
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) Criminal Investigations Division detectives are continuing the investigation into the death Tuesday morning of an adult male during a reported burglary in progress at a business south of Grants Pass. The deceased’s name is released in this update. No other information, including the names of the two men involved in the encounter with the deceased, to be released at this time.
Detectives confirmed the deceased man’s is identified as JASEN ROBERT LEWIS, age 33, from Grants Pass. LEWIS was wanted on outstanding arrest warrants including a felony warrant for Fail to Appear – Dangerous Drugs issued out of Josephine County Circuit Court dated January 13, 2014. An autopsy is pending to confirm the cause and manner of his death.
On January 21, 2014 at approximately 7:10 a.m., OSP Southern Command Center dispatch received a transferred 9-1-1 call of an interrupted burglary in progress at Innovative Woodworx LLC located at 2245 Harbeck Road south of Grants Pass. An employee was being dropped off by his father when they saw signs of forced entry into the building. Both individuals went inside to inspect the interior and they encountered an unknown male subject inside. A brief physical scuffle ensued between the men before the employee and his father detained the man and notified police.
A few minutes later, another call was received from the business advising the detained man stopped breathing and they were going to start CPR. About ten minutes later, after OSP and medical personnel arrived on scene, LEWIS was pronounced deceased.
OSP detectives are continuing the investigation. Next of kin were notified.
Anyone with information related to this investigatioin is asked to contact Detective Annie Harris at (541) 618-7967 or email DHarris@osp.state.or.us.
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