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  • Men who subdued burglary suspect won't be charged in his death, officials say

  • Employees of a Grants Pass business won't be charged after an alleged burglar they subdued apparently died of asphyxiation while he was being restrained, the Josephine County District Attorney's Office announced today.
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  • Employees of a Grants Pass business won't be charged after an alleged burglar they subdued apparently died of asphyxiation while he was being restrained, the Josephine County District Attorney's Office announced today.
    Jasen Robert Lewis died on Jan. 21 at a cabinet shop at 2245 Harbeck Road after employees who arrived at work found him allegedly removing property from the business, District Attorney's Office reported.
    Police said Lewis charged at the employees, who then struggled with him, taking him to the ground. They restrained him while waiting for law enforcement to respond, a news release from the District Attorney's Office said.
    Lewis stopped breathing prior to the arrival of law enforcement. The employees called 9-1-1 to request emergency medical help. Lewis died on the scene, today's release said.
    "The citizens that subdued Mr. Lewis acted appropriately within the parameters of Oregon law," the District Attorney's Office said in a statement, adding that no charges would be filed against the employees.
    Oregon law allows property owners to use reasonable force to prevent theft or damage to their property, or to arrest a person for a crime committed in their presence.
    Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson conducted an autopsy, which revealed no abnormal injuries to Lewis.
    Olson determined the probable cause of death to be positional asphyxia due to restraint. He determined the death was accidental.
    Analysis of Lewis' urine and blood revealed the presence of methamphetamine, amphetamine, 6-monocetylmorphine, morphine, codeine, oxycodone, oxymorphone and noroxycodone, today's news release said.
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